Los Angeles - At the luncheon, February 25th, Gustavo Dudamel announced the upcoming 10th Anniversary 2013/2014 season for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The guests at this luncheon included journalists from around the world, and the diversity of the guests was to be expected since the LA PHIL has become a leading world-class orchestra. With this in mind, this upcoming season has been entitled Inside Out with an eye to the future as well as the past.
In celebration of the Walt Disney Concert Hall itself, created by the visionary architect, Frank Gehry, was a filmed and very informal and relaxed interview with Mr. Gehry describing how the concert hall came to be. The outcome of this project, which now sponsors myriad programs, is a long way from the Dorothy Candler Pavilion across the street, built for the LAPHIL, and its first concert there in 1964 with Zubin Mehta conducting.
Dudamel, deceptively boyish at 32, enthusiastically shared his hopes for the upcoming celebratory year. Inside Out, he explained to us, is "to further the creation of the fabric of community". He has been very successful in creating and fulfilling this vision. He has promoted programs that include the "values of community access" and have been created to "make the Disney Concert Hall a living room for the city". This includes his free community concerts performed throughout the city and his special project that is close to his heart, YOLA, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.
Dudamel lovingly spoke of YOLA as "des sueños de los niños" - the dream of the children. Dudamel's homeland, Venezuela, inspired the revolutionary music program, El Sistema. Now, through his efforts, the LA PHIL and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, enabling every child to contribute discovering his full potential. Smiling enthusiastically, he told use his goal with this program is "the development of the artistic level of the 'artist' ".
YOLA is only a small part of the vast and stunning celebratory 10th season for 2013/1014. Performances for this season include the opening night gala with Yo-Yo Ma; a unique installation by video artist and director Netia Jones; 13 world premieres including Frank Zappa's 200 Motels; special events and other commemorations.
This upcoming 2013/2014 for the LA PHIL season, lead by Dudamel, continues to secure the LA PHIL's place as one of the most comprehensive and musically generous orchestra's in the world of music.
For the complete 2013/2014 season performance programs and schedules go to LAPHIL.com