The program for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s traditional opening night gala is typically the last to be revealed. I checked the orchestra’s website today, discovered it, and was rather flabbergasted, I must admit. Here it is:
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Netia Jones, director / video designer
Bach Cello Suite No. 3, Prelude
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations
Adès These Premises Are Alarmed
Mahler Symphony No. 9
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, “Organ,” 4th movement
Why flabbergasted? These gala programs are usually short and on the light side. This one isn’t. Apparently they mean to perform the entire Mahler symphony. No word on who will “play” the Cage, but little known fact: The work is actually composed for any instrument or combination of instruments, so maybe Dudamel and the Philharmonic will give it a go. I hope so.
UPDATE: See comments on this post.