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One of Gustav Mahler’s greatest champions, Leonard Bernstein, described the experience of conducting his symphonies by saying, “To play a Mahler symphony, you have to give it your whole heart and body and soul and everything.” Everything is no doubt an appropriate word to describe Mahler’s appeal to audiences because the extremes and internal battles of the composer—Eastern and Western traditions, his Jewish identity and Catholic conversion, unrestrained joy and bleak agony—are often traversed in the same monumental work. It is little wonder why conducting Mahler symphonies is seen as a major achievement, and this season three legendary conductors—Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Gustavo Dudamel—offer their batons and interpretations in tackling the music of everything.

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Dudamel Leads Ortiz and Mahler

Pan-American Music Initiative

Dudamel revisits a passion with Mahler’s First and reprises Gabriela Ortiz’ electrifying new concerto.

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Program

  • Gabriela ORTIZ Violin Concerto (LA Phil commission)
  • Intermission
  • MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major

Artists

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
  • María Dueñas, violin
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MTT Conducts Mahler 9

Michael Tilson Thomas shapes Mahler’s final completed symphony.

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Program

  • MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Artists

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
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Mehta Conducts Mahler 3

The LA Phil’s Conductor Emeritus leads the assembled forces in Mahler’s vast tribute to nature and love.

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Program

  • MAHLER Symphony No. 3

Artists

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Zubin Mehta, conductor
  • Gerhild Romberger, alto
  • Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Grant Gershon, Artistic Director
  • Jenny Wong, Associate Artistic Director
  • Los Angeles Children's Chorus
  • Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Artistic Director