Los Angeles Philharmonic

International Associate Residency

Photo of Gustavo Dudamel conducting

Barbican audiences already know that Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil are one of the most electrifying orchestra-conductor partnerships at work today. Their latest London residency shows why.

And if you’ve heard them before, you’ll know precisely what we’re talking about. Regulars won’t need telling twice about the urgency of Dudamel’s Beethoven and Shostakovich – and you can imagine the dynamism they’ll bring to music by Varèse, Salonen and Leonard Bernstein.

But this is a partnership with a uniquely forward-looking philosophy: and the centrepiece of their residency is the European premiere performance of Ted Hearne’s extraordinary Place, a genre-crossing sonic reimagining of the American city. It could hardly be more timely: after all, when the LA Philharmonic were here 2016, Dudamel spoke of ‘a message of beauty, love and peace’. ‘A promise on which the orchestra delivered’, reported The Guardian.

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