The Los Angeles Philharmonic, affectionately called the LA Phil by concertgoers, is one of the most forward-thinking symphony orchestras in the country, as beloved by music lovers for its visionary programming as it is for its location in Frank Gehry's iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall. Founded in 1919, the LA Phil has provided nearly a century of world-class music to Southern California, hosting some of the world's greatest conductors, composers, and performers. Under the leadership of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra is set for another outstanding season in 2014, treating ticket buyers to variety of events ranging from world premieres and original commissions to its highly anticipated TchaikovskyFest, which pays homage to the great Russian composer over two weeks of performances.
Originally founded in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic emerged from relatively humble beginnings to become one of the world's premier symphony orchestras. Over the years, many notable conductors have led the orchestra, including Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2003, the LA Phil's popularity spiked after a move from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to Frank Gehyr's sculptural Walt Disney Concert Hall, which boasts world class acoustics and a one-of-a-kind organ designed by the architect. Celebrated young conductor Gustavo Dudamel took the reins in 2009, paving the way for the LA Phil's continued presence at the vanguard of concert music.