#OnThisDay, we celebrate love in its many forms. Lillian Disney wanted to build a concert hall as a tribute to her husband Walt and his love for music, the arts, and Los Angeles. Her initial financial gift made Walt Disney Concert Hall possible, and changed the landscape of Downtown Los Angeles. #LAPhil100
A charmed George Gershwin (far right) looks down at Maurice Ravel (seated) in New York on March 8, 1928 – the French composer’s birthday. The two masters meet once again at Walt Disney Concert Hall from March 28–31.
JUST ANNOUNCED: @st_vincent joins the artist lineup for BREATHEWATCHLISTENTOUCH: The Work and Music of @yokoonoofficial at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, March 22.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads the LA Phil in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – with Patricia Kopatchinskaja as soloist – plus Debussy’s masterpiece of color La mer and a new work by Unsuk Chin, April 5–7. #LAPhil100
#OnThisDay in 1961, Henry Lewis led the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the first time. Ten years prior, as a bassist, he became the first African-American member of the orchestra, and rose through the organization, becoming Zubin Mehta’s associate conductor in 1961. Under his lead on this special evening, the orchestra performed pieces by Verdi, Beethoven, and Dvořák at Philharmonic Hall. #LAPhil100
#OnThisDay in 1983, former Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Alfred Wallenstein died in New York City. Wallenstein was our fifth music director, and the first to be born in the United States. A former cellist in the orchestra, he took the LA Phil in its first-ever world tour, visiting Tokyo, Okinawa, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City (then Saigon), Hong Kong, Taipei, and more for a staggering 58-concert run. Following his tenure in Los Angeles, he became a perennial guest conductor throughout the US, and served as an instructor at the Peabody Institute and Juilliard for a number of years. When he left the LA Phil, the Los Angeles Times’ Albert Goldberg wrote, “The Wallenstein regime was a fruitful and distinguished era for the Los Angeles Philharmonic … [that] established the Orchestra as one of our foremost civic institutions.” We remember his life and remarkable contributions to the history of the LA Phil today. #LAPhil100
Lunar New Year 🎉 Celebration w/ LA Phil!
Celebrate Lunar New Year with Ray Chen and the LA Phil! Arrive early today 2/6 and 2/7 for complimentary drinks and to participate in a traditional Chinese paper cutting activity led by the Chinese Club of San Marino.