Esa-Pekka Salonen
Yefim Bronfman
Leila Josefowicz
Leif Ove Andsnes
Christian McBride
Dianne Reeves
Herbie Hancock


10th Anniversary Celebration


Ten years, two Music Directors, one orchestra and one iconic venue – that’s what the LA Phil is celebrating in 2013/14, the 10th anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each of the two Music Directors who have called this Hall home leads the orchestra in two weeks of programs to launch the season, each in his own inimitable way – current Music Director Gustavo Dudamel demonstrates the orchestra’s commitment to new music by pairing newly commissioned works with favorites from the repertoire played by world-class guest artists like Yefim Bronfman and Leif Ove Andsnes; and Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen brings signature programming like Sibelius and Bartók, designed to showcase the acoustics of the Hall that Salonen was so instrumental in opening.

In addition to the insideOUT concert events and lectures that mark the start of the celebration, other luminaries from that inaugural season return to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall – cellist Yo-Yo Ma reprises his role in the Opening Gala; all three Creative Chairs for Jazz join together on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage for a one-night-only jazz event; and the music of Frank Zappa marks the actual 10th anniversary of the Hall’s opening, as Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Phil give the world premiere of the iconoclast’s 200 Motels as part of the groundbreaking Green Umbrella series.

Free Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall
with Live SIMULCAST in Grand Park 

Performing side-by-side for the first time, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) will be conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. This unique concert also features legendary pianist Herbie Hancock and other special guests.


Inside at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Experience the music up close in the awesome acoustics and inspirational environs of our beloved Hall. Tickets are free. Reserve in advance beginning SEP 7 at 12 noon. (A small service fee applies to tickets ordered online and over the phone.)

Outside at Grand Park, Downtown L.A.
Stretch out on the lawn with family and friends to watch the concert live on a giant screen! Come early to enjoy the park, food trucks and more.

sun Sep 29 4pm

Free Neighborhood Concerts

City of Hope, Duarte

wed Sep 25 6pm

Wilshire United Methodist Church, Wilshire District
also featuring Las Cafeteras

thu SEP 26 6PM

Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach
also featuring The Jazz Angels

sat SEP 28 11AM

Julie Andrews



  • Program to include
    Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

Public Forums with Frank Gehry

KCRW and the LA Phil present Which Way, L.A.? with Warren Olney
The Grand Designs for Grand Avenue

In a special live Which Way, L.A.?, host Warren Olney talks with Frank Gehry, KCRW’s Frances Anderton, LA Phil President & CEO Deborah Borda and others about the building and its place in the ongoing plans to remake L.A. Tickets are $3.

wed oct 2 7pm  -  Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Frank Gehry, Esa-Pekka Salonen & Nicolai Ouroussoff:
Creative Collaboration in Music and Architecture

Frank Gehry and Esa-Pekka Salonen discuss the process of planning, developing, and constructing Walt Disney Concert Hall. Writer Nicolai Ouroussoff, formerly the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, will moderate. FREE.

thu oct 15 7:30pm  -  Hammer museum

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Opening Night Gala Concert

Mon Sep 30 7pm

From inspiration to design, from planning to construction and finally to opening - the 10th Anniversary Opening Night Gala’s program tells the twisty and ultimately triumphant story of Walt Disney Concert Hall in five acts. There’s Gustavo, the LA Phil, world-premiere video art by Netia Jones and, of course, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was here at the beginning and here ten years later to help celebrate the opening of the most important concert hall of the 21st century.

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Dudamel & Bronfman

Thu Oct 3 8pm

Fri Oct 4 8pm

Sat Oct 5 8pm

Sun Oct 6 2pm

The late Peter Lieberson was long associated with the LA Phil – Esa-Pekka Salonen led the orchestra in the premiere of Lieberson’s Grawemeyer-winning Neruda Songs here at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2005. When he passed away in April 2011, Lieberson was working on the LA Phil-commissioned percussion concerto that would become Shing Kham. This new work (as realized by Oliver Knussen) is paired with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, played by Yefim Bronfman, a frequent LA Phil guest who regularly shares his passion and his deep musicality with Walt Disney Concert Hall audiences.

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beethoven with dudamel and andsnes

Thu Oct 10 8pm

Fri Oct 11 8pm

Beethoven the pianist revolutionized what it meant to be a public performer, creating the template of the artist as a culture’s creative conscience. His Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4 were composed about ten years apart and reveal much about how he evolved the medium as both composer and performer.

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Gustavo Dudamel

Sat Oct 12 8pm

Sun Oct 13 2pm



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salonen conducts debussy & Bartók

FRI Oct 18 8pm

SAT Oct 19 8pm

SUN Oct 20 2pm

The collaboration of great artists is a touchstone of the successful synergy that makes the LA Phil such a respected force on the cultural music scene. Three Finnish compatriots come together in this program – Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen and his longtime colleagues, composer Magnus Lindberg, and cellist Anssi Karttunen – to premiere a new LA Phil-commissioned work for cello and orchestra. Masterworks by Debussy and Bartók provide a rich context for this exploration of sensuality and sonority in the acclaimed Walt Disney Concert Hall acoustic.

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the anniversary concert

Wed Oct 23 8pm

For the actual, to-the-day 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall, what better way to celebrate than with the LA Phil, Salonen and… Frank Zappa? The consummate L.A. musical rebel, Zappa combined prodigious technical chops with a gleeful, anarchic musical spirit that perfectly sums up the LA Phil’s commitment to new music and edge-of-the-envelope programming – and it’s not like Zappa was a stranger to orchestral work. His work was examined by Mehta, championed by Boulez and is now picked up by Salonen for a unique, only-in-L.A. anniversary celebration of the most daring building in music.

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  • ZAPPA: 200 Motels (world premiere)

salonen & sibelius

Fri Oct 25 8pm

Sat Oct 26 8pm

Sun Oct 27 2pm

One of the tremendously moving and impressive highlights of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s final concerts as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2009 was the world premiere of his Violin Concerto, written for and with Leila Josefowicz. “She knows no limits, she knows no fear, and she was constantly encouraging me to go to places I was not sure I would dare to go,” Salonen wrote. 

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tsfy: building music

Sat Nov 2 11am

Sat Nov 9 11am

The LA Phil’s pioneering Toyota Symphonies for Youth mix music with fun and fantasy for children ages 5-11. The first TSFY concert of the season explores the connection between music and architecture through Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, which was inspired by Walt Disney Concert Hall and premiered as part of the Building Music festival that closed the inaugural season here.

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herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves

Sun Feb 9 7:30pm

To celebrate ten years at Walt Disney Concert Hall, all three of the LA Phil’s Creative Chairs for Jazz  come together for a very special one-of-a-kind night that promises improvisational sparks and sublime music making. Incredible and innovative! 

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