The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel will return to the Walt Disney Concert Hall with HOMECOMING: CONCERT AND GALA
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and musical and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel returned to the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage for the first time in 579 days with Homecoming: Concert And Gala on Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This historic event featured GrammyÂ®, EmmyÂ® and TonyÂ® winner, as well as Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo and pianist Seong-Jin Cho.
Raising over $ 3 million for LA Phil’s many music learning programs, which serve more than 150,000 youth, families and teachers each year, the concert was LA Phil’s first with full audiences at Walt Disney Concert Hall since the historic closure due to the pandemic and after going through one of the most difficult years in the orchestra’s history.
The special evening to kick off the next century of LA Phil began with the arrival of celebrities and notable personalities: Skylar Astin, Angela Bassett, Beck, Lake Bell, Frank Gehry, Herbie Hancock, Helen Hunt, Gabriela OrtÃz, Retta, Michelle Rodriguez, Lena Waithe among others. Local officials in attendance included the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor James T. Butts of the City of Inglewood and former Los Angeles County Supervisory Board members Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky. They were joined by LA Phil Board Chairman Thomas Beckmen; LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel with Maria Valverde; LA Gala Co-Chairs Phil Gregory A. Adams, Judith and Thomas Beckmen, David C. Bohnett, Jane B. Eisner, Lisa Field, Jenny Miller Goff, Carol Colburn Grigor, Antonia Hernandez, Barbara and David Meline, Diane and David Paul, Jay and Barbara Rasulo, Ann Ronus, Deanie and Jay Stein, and Alyce from Roulet Williamson; and LA Phil CEO Chad Smith, plus more than 450 gala patrons.
The pre-concert cocktail took place in the Blue Ribbon Garden at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where guests enjoyed appetizers and wine in the garden. Guests also got to experience Chris Kallmyer’s installation Song Cycle, a series of random scores displayed on a 256-character split flap panel in the Grand Avenue Lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall before the concert begins.
After the pre-concert reception, gala guests and concert attendees moved into the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the LA Phil concert with Gustavo Dudamel. The concert opened with a world premiere commissioned by LA Phil from Gabriela OrtÃz, Kauyumari. This new piece marks the start of Ortiz’s one-year curatorship of the multi-year Pan American Music Initiative (PAMI), celebrating the explosive creativity of music found across the Americas that will unfold throughout the season. The program also included renowned pianist Seong-Jin Cho performing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and award-winning actress, singer-songwriter and producer Cynthia Erivo performing a selection of songs including “Somewhere” by West Side Story, “Feeling Good” and “Don’t Rain on my Parade”. The concert ended with a special moment, the last movement of Mahler’s first symphony, the same symphony that Dudamel began his musical direction from the LA Phil in 2009.
The post-concert festivities took place at the Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center across the street. The decor for the “back home” dinner featured bright, festive colors including rich fuchsia, turquoise and gold tones, mirrored tables, decorative ceiling fixtures and floral decorations, all added to a welcoming atmosphere. .
While gala guests enjoyed their meals created by Chef Susan Feniger de Levy, the Music Center’s new catering partner, and wines provided by Winc, brief remarks were made by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of LA Phil, Thomas Beckmen and LA Phil CEO Chad Smith and LA. Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.
YOLA at EXPO (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) cellist Christine Kivi performed JSBach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, Prelude followed by a special Drumline Live performance kicking off the dance and music. celebrations, as guests partied the night away to the sound of Liquid. Blue.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Gala Committee included Gala Co-Chairs Gregory A. Adams, Judith and Thomas Beckmen, David C. Bohnett, Jane B. Eisner, Lisa Field, Jenny Miller Goff, Carol Colburn Grigor, Antonia Hernandez, Barbara and David Meline, Diane and David Paul, Jay and Barbara Rasulo, Ann Ronus, Deanie and Jay Stein, and Alyce de Roulet Williamson
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Homecoming: A Special Concert and Gala was created by Sequoia Productions and the LA Phil Special Events Team.
All proceeds from the gala support the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its learning and community programs, including YOLA, Gustavo Dudamel’s signature program. The gala concert was made possible by the proud support of Rolex.
Going forward, LA Phil’s 2021/22 season features a number of pioneering projects, including: the multi-year Pan American Music Initiative (PAMI), hosted this season by composer Gabriela Ortiz; Power to the people ! festival, organized by Gustavo Dudamel and Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock, bringing together musicians of all genres and distinguished guests in the humanities for a multidimensional vision of music and social change; a multidisciplinary, multi-genre Gen X festival paying homage to the generation defying the hierarchy (1965-1980) that gave birth to hip-hop, riot grrrls, independent cinema and an explosion of new concert music transforming global culture; Reel Change: The New Era of Film Music, celebrating film music and the diverse influences of its new generation of revolutionary voices; a production by Beethoven’s Fidelio conducted by Dudamel and produced in collaboration with the Deaf West Theater; and the premieres of two dozen works commissioned by the LA Phil.