My dad is visiting from Chile, and we are going to watch the 9 symphonies of Beethoven this week, from Thursday to Sunday. I can’t wait, and my dad neither. He is a fan of classical music and he always made us listen to it while growing up, every single day. He used to help organizing concerts himself, and we always attended the shows. It wasn’t always fun or easy. Going to classical music concerts every weekend required bribery in the taste of ice cream, lots and lots of ice cream, but it was worth it.
This tormented past led me to the need of watching the LA Phil a couple of times a Season. When choosing concerts to watch, I am not very elaborate. I like easy melodies that usually come in the shape of Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, or Verdi, very safe choices. The LA Phil has a discount when someone buys 4 or more tickets at a time, so it is good to choose all the concerts you want to go to at the beginning of the season.
If you haven’t been to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, I would really recommend going at least once in your lifetime. It is a gorgeous building by the architect Frank Gehry. The acoustics inside the music chamber were done by Yasuhisa Toyota, and have been praised as one of the best ones in the world. Even if you don’t like classical music, you MUST visit this building.
Early in the season, some of the concerts do not have their repertoire finalized. Most of the Colburn Celebrity Series concerts, for example, do not have an official program yet. This series showcases famous musicians, so, if you like one of them, buy the tickets now and hope they will play something you like the day of.
About the seating chart, I like buying Orchestra View and Terrace View tickets, located behind the Orchestra. They are cheaper and you get a great view of the players, even if some of them have their back towards you. Also, you can feel Dudamel’s (the conductor) passion first hand.
Here is the list of the LA Phil concerts I would like to watch this season (aside from the Immortal Beethoven Series that we are going to this week):
- Tuesday, October 13, 8pm.
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74, (“Harp”) (c. 30 minutes)
- Thursday, December 10, 8pm; Friday, December 11, 8pm; and, Saturday, December 12, 8pm.
WEINBERG: Suite from The Golden Key (c. 16 minutes)
VIEUXTEMPS: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor (c. 23 minutes)
- Saturday, December 19, 11:30 am; Saturday, December 19, 2:30pm
- Tuesday, January 26, 8 pm.
BRAHMS: Horn Trio, Op. 40
BRAHMS: String Quintet No. 1, Op. 88
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60
- Friday, January 29, 8pm; Saturday, January 30, 8pm; Sunday, January 31, 2:00 pm
- Thursday, January 14, 8pm; Friday, January 15, 11am; Saturday, January 16, 8pm; Sunday, January 17, 2pm.
MOZART: Adagio for violin and orchestra, K. 261 (c. 5 minutes)
MOZART: Rondo for violin and orchestra, K. 373 (c. 8 minutes)
MOZART: Symphony No. 27 (c. 15 minutes)
- Thursday, March 31, 8pm; Saturday, April 02, 2pm
BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 3 (c. 20 minutes)
BACH: Sinfonia in D major, BWV 1045
- Sunday, May 15, 7:30 pm
YO-YO MA AND KATHRYN STOTT – Repertoire not finalized. Colburn Series.
- Thursday, May 19, 8pm; Friday, May 20, 8pm; Saturday, May 21, 8pm; Sunday, May 22, 2pm.
PÄRT: Miserere (c. 35 minutes)