The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Classical KUSC in partnership with WFMT Radio Network, have confirmed 150 markets nationwide will carry the annual radio broadcast concert series (a number that will grow throughout the coming year). The 2011 series was broadcast in 193 markets and reached over 2.6 million listeners.
The 13 concerts, recorded during the LA Phil’s 2011/12 season, feature the orchestra with an impressive roster of guest artists and conductors. Highlights of the series include performances by noted soloists: pianists Yuja Wang and Katia and Marielle Labèque; soprano Miah Persson; mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená; baritone Thomas Hampson; violinistsJanine Jansen and Leila Josefowicz; cellists Johannes Moser and Ralph Kirshbaum; and guitarist Pepe Romero. Guest conductors include: James Conlon, Semyon Bychkov, Neeme Järvi, John Adams, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Sir Simon Rattle. The series includes a broadcast of the world premiere of Shostakovich’s Prologue to Orango (orchestration by Gerard McBurney) conducted by LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars, featuring soloists Ryan McKinny, Jordan Bisch, Michael Fabiano, Eugene Brancoveanu, Yulia van Doren, Timur Bekbosunov,Adriana Manfredi, Abdiel Gonzalez, Daniel Chaney, Todd Strange, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The series also includes several performances from The Mahler Project, the ambitious cycle during which Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela performed all of Mahler’s completed symphonies in three weeks in both Los Angeles and Caracas, Venezuela. The series culminates with Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand” recorded in Caracas, Venezuela.
Produced by Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, the series features in-depth i
nterviews with soloists and orchestra members, offering unique insights and giving listeners a more in-depth perspective. “I am delighted to continue Classical KUSC’s great partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the WFMT Radio Network to bring the artistry of the LA Phil to radio audiences nationwide,” says Lauritzen. “I believe the concerts in this broadcast series represent the unique combination of classic and contemporary repertoire that has become a hallmark for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I’m also very excited to include the LA Phil’s performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony from Caracas with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and a chorus of 1,100 as the grand finale to our broadcast series.”
“Through our long-time partnership with KUSC and the WFMT Radio Network, we can continue to highlight all of the magnificent work that happens at Walt Disney Concert Hall, broaden our audience, and share the gift of music,” says Debora Borda, President of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. “We owe great thanks to KUSC for their role in this and to County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky for helping to make these broadcasts possible.”
“The Los Angeles Philharmonic radio series is the embodiment of the quality programming the WFMT Radio Network has been championing for four decades,” says Steve Robinson, Executive Vice President of WFMT. “Gustavo Dudamel’s vivacious style, the innovative repertoire and engaging interviews make this a sensational radio series, one that can draw new listeners to classical music and give devoted aficionados new insights.”
For a complete list of local stations carrying the 2012 LA Phil / KUSC broadcast series, please visit: http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=12,11,36,2.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from October through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.