LA Phil on Classical KUSC

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Classical KUSC continue their annual radio broadcast partnership, reaching listeners in Southern and Central California. The 13 concerts, recorded during the LA Phil's 2016/17 season, feature the orchestra with an impressive roster of guest artists and conductors. Through the LA Phil's ongoing partnership with WFMT Radio Network (Chicago), the 2017 broadcast series will also be syndicated nationwide.

The first concert in the 2017 broadcast series will air locally on KUSC's SoCal Sunday Night program, the station's weekly local concert spotlight, on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 7:00 PM. It will feature Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel leading the LA Phil with pianist Yefim Bronfman and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. 

Additional series highlights include performances by noted soloists: cellist Steven Isserlis; organist James McVinnie; pianists Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Daniil Trifonov, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yuja Wang; sitarist Anoushka Shankar; vocalists Michelle DeYoung, Elīna Garanča, Rachele Gilmore, Joshua Guerrero, Johannes Kammler, Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn. The series will also feature the hornroh modern alphorn quartet, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Schola Cantorum Reykjavík. Guest conductors include: Thomas Adès, Stéphane Denève, James Gaffigan, LA Phil Assistant Conductor Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla, Zubin Mehta, LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jaap van Zweden.

2017 SCHEDULE OF BROADCASTS (Programs and Artists Subject to Change)

KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, March 26 at 7:00 pm
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
St. Lawrence String Quartet 

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture
John ADAMS  Absolute Jest (L.A. premiere)
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 4


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, April 2 at 7:00 pm
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

MAHLER  Symphony No. 9


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, April 9 at 7:00 pm

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 3
PROKOFIEV  Scythian Suite
SCRIABIN  Poem of Ecstasy


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, April 16 at 7:00 pm

Grant Gershon, conductor
Julia Bullock, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Davone Tines, bass
Daniel Bubeck, countertenor
Brian Cummings, countertenor
Nathan Medley, countertenor
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Leila Josefowicz, violin



KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 pm

Zubin Mehta, conductor
Anoushka Shankar, sitar

R. SHANKAR  Sitar Concerto No. 2, "Raga mala" (West Coast premiere)
STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, April 30 at 7:00 pm

Thomas Adès, conductor
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Steven Isserlis, cello

SAINT-SAËNS  Danse macabre
Thomas ADÈS  Lieux retrouvés (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission)
ADÈS  Totentanz (West Coast premiere)


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, May 7 at 7:00 pm

James Gaffigan, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano

BRAHMS  Piano Concerto No. 2 James
MATHESON  UNCHAINED (World premiere; LA Phil commission)
RAVEL  Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, May 14 at 7:00 pm
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 5
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 5


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, May 21 at 7:00 pm

Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla, conductor
Stephen Kovacevich, piano
hornroh modern alphorn quartet

MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491
Georg Friedrich HAAS  concerto grosso No. 1 for four alphorns and orchestra (U.S. premiere, LA Phil co-commission)
HAYDN  Symphony No. 31 in D, "Horn Signal"


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm

Reykjavík Festival Highlights:

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Schola Cantorum Reykjavik
James McVinnie, organ

A cappella choral works to be announced
Hlynur Aðils VILMARSSON  bd
Daníel BJARNASON  Emergence (U.S. premiere)
María Huld Markan SIGFÚSDÓTTIR  Aequora
LEIFS  Organ Concerto


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, June 4 at 7:00 pm

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano

SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 1
MAHLER  Songs of a Wayfarer
SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 2


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, June 11 at 7:00 pm

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano

SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"
MAHLER  Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 9, "Great C-major"


KUSC AIR DATE: Sunday, June 18 at 7:00 pm

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

STRAVINSKY  Symphonies of Wind Instruments
BARTÓK  Piano Concerto No. 2
JANÁČEK  Sinfonietta