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The story behind the series
About SOUND/STAGE and the LA Phil
Sound/Stage is a free online concert series produced by LA Phil Media, the media and digital initiatives arm of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Featuring an eclectic range of performing artists, the series brings the LA Phil’s musical offerings to your digital screen, along with interviews, playlists, and program notes that shed new light on each episode’s theme. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series is filmed at the Hollywood Bowl, where our musicians can perform together while socially distanced.
Under the direction of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives, and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms.
EPISODE 1: OCT 1 Gabriela Ortiz
Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz joins Gustavo Dudamel for a conversation about their goals for the LA Phil’s Pan-American Music Initiative, which showcases the artistry of Latin American musicians. Plus, Dudamel leads the orchestra in Ortiz’s Arrecife, inspired by the hidden sound world of coral reefs.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Featuring Gabriela Ortiz
Gabriela ORTIZ Arrecife
EPISODE 2: OCT 22 Billie Eilish with the LA Phil & YOLA
Billie Eilish comes to Sound/Stage to talk music with Gustavo Dudamel, visit YOLA musicians, and share a performance from her recent Disney+ concert film, Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles, that features the GRAMMY® Award-winning singer with Dudamel and the LA Phil on stage at the Hollywood Bowl.
Billie Eilish Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Featuring YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles)
EPISODE 3: NOV 19 Serioso
Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Phil in Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s deeply personal “Serioso” Quartet, which boldly channels the profound struggles of the composer’s life lightened by moments of hope and joy.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
BEETHOVEN (arr. MAHLER) String Quartet in F minor, Op 95
EPISODE 4: JAN 21 Ginastera
Gustavo Dudamel leads one of his favorite works, Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, an orchestral showpiece that shimmers with Argentinean character and soloist moments for members of the LA Phil.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
GINASTERA Variaciones concertantes EPISODE 5: FEB 18 Stravinsky’s Apollo
Dancers from Boston Ballet share the stage with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil for a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Greek mythology-inspired Apollo, featuring George Balanchine’s choreography.
Boston Ballet Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Choreography by George Balanchine
EPISODE 6: MAR 25 Ani DiFranco
As part of the LA Phil’s Gen X festival, Ani DiFranco performs her music and speaks with festival curators Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh about the values and impact of their generation.
EPISODE 7: APR 22 Father John Misty with Gustavo the LA Phil Father John Misty, one of the preeminent songwriters of his generation, joins forces with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil for a special Sound/Stage performance.
Father John Misty Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
EPISODE 8: MAY 20 Moses Sumney
Moses Sumney is beloved by critics and fans for his ever-inventive and dreamlike folk-soul. Given to radical reinvention, he's an artist that has been said to evade definition as a duty. Watch Sumney perform his songs “Polly,” “Plastic,” and “Don’t Bother Calling” in a special Sound/Stage set recording during his recent performance at The Ford.
EPISODE 9: JUNE 10 Power to the People! with Jessie Montgomery Composer Jessie Montgomery curates a program inspired by art’s role in advancing social change with Dudamel leading the LA Phil in music by Montgomery and Ellen Reid.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Jessie Montgomery, curator & composer Ellen Reid, composer & sound artist
Program to include: Jessie MONTGOMERY Records from a Vanishing City Ellen REID When the World As You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist
EPISODE 10: JULY 8 John Williams
Marking his 90th birthday, the composer behind the musical heartbeat of countless films and a friend of the LA Phil joins Dudamel for a musical celebration.
You can watch Sound/Stage anytime, any place on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone through your web browser.
Watch on your TV via a streaming video player (i.e., smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation) through the YouTube app. You can also watch through your Chromecast device on a Chrome browser, screen-mirroring to your Apple TV, through the Facebook Watch, or using an HDMI or VGA cable. See here for detailed instructions on all the ways to watch.
In the image gallery below, you can see the behind-the-scenes preparations required to welcome the orchestra back to the Hollywood Bowl stage and make Sound/Stage a reality.