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LA Phil 09/10 Season Announced

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October 8th marks off the beginning of the 90th season for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the very first one with Gustavo Dudamel. This season promises to pack a lot of firepower, including two of the world's premier orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (also the world's oldest). Even under difficult circumstances, the LA Phil has managed to attract the highest caliber of artists, including Yo Yo Ma, Murray Perahia, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, Yefim Bronfman, and Gil Shaham. Guest conductors include Mehta, Maazel, Conlon, John Adams, Bychkov, Dutoit, and John Williams.

For the casual classical music fan
-The Kronos Quartet performs with the LA Phil and Leonard Slatkin. You might have heard their work in Requiem for a Dream

-The Verdi Requiem. The "Dies Irae" alone is worth the price of admission.

-John Williams performing music from Los Angeles, Mehta conducting Beethoven's 3rd Symphony.

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-Handel's Messiah, Chanticleer, and the Halloween Silent Movie night (this year is Nosferatu) are all popular mainstays.

-The superduo of Emanuel Ax and Yo Yo Ma perform Chopin and Schumann.

Other recommendations
-Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 are rarely performed, always a treat to hear.

-James Conlon conducts Prokofiev is a good introduction to the works of Prokofiev

-Truls Mork is another one of those famous European artists that doesn't get too much of the spotlight in the Americas. He will perform theElgar Cello Concerto. On the same program is Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben", the piece required for musicians to audition with at every major orchestra in the world (including the LA Phil, Chicago Symphony, and NY Phil).

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-The Sibelius Violin Concerto is always a nice violin concerto often overshadowed by Tchaikovsky. To preview, check out Jascha Heifetz' recording on youtube.