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The story behind the series
About SOUND/STAGE and the LA Phil
Sound/Stage is a free online concert series produced by LA Phil Media, the media and digital initiatives arm of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Featuring an eclectic range of performing artists, the series brings the LA Phil’s musical offerings to your digital screen, along with interviews, playlists, and program notes that shed new light on each episode’s theme. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series is filmed at the Hollywood Bowl, where our musicians can perform together while socially distanced.
Under the direction of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives, and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms.
You can watch Sound/Stage anytime, any place on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone through your web browser.
Watch on your TV via a streaming video player (i.e., smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation) through the YouTube app. You can also watch through your Chromecast device on a Chrome browser, screen-mirroring to your Apple TV, through the Facebook Watch, or using an HDMI or VGA cable. See here for detailed instructions on all the ways to watch.
The first season of Sound/Stage is available now, with the second season airing biweekly beginning March 5.
In the image gallery below, you can see the behind-the-scenes preparations required to welcome the orchestra back to the Hollywood Bowl stage and make Sound/Stage a reality.
EPISODE 1: MAR 5 The Carnival of the Animals
Pianists Yuja Wang and David Fung join the LA Phil to explore composer Saint-Saëns’ colorful creatures, featuring animations, stories from around the world, and Gustavo Dudamel with his son Martín.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Yuja Wang and David Fung, piano Martin Dudamel, co-host
SAINT-SAËNS The Carnival of the Animals
Support for this episode is provided by Barbara and Jay Rasulo
EPISODE 2: MAR 19 A Pan-American Musical Feast
Enjoy the many sounds and flavors of the Americas with music by composers Tania León, Paul Desenne, and Aaron Copland. Plus chef José Andrés stops by to talk with Gustavo.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Joseé Andrés, special guest
Tania LEÓN Fanfarria Paul DESENNE Sinfonía Burocratica ed’Amazzonica: “Bananera” COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite (chamber version)
EPISODE 3: APR 4 Easter Sunrise at the Hollywood Bowl
A hundred years ago, the Los Angeles Philharmonic played the first concert at the Hollywood Bowl for an Easter sunrise service. Celebrate this milestone with soprano Nadine Sierra, gospel duo Mary Mary, and Gustavo leading the LA Phil.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Mary Mary, gospel singers Nadine Sierra, soprano
BACH (arr. ALLEN) Air pour les trompettes MOZART Exsultate, jubilate Trad. (arr. Carlos SIMON) All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Support for this episode is provided by Molly Munger and Stephen R. English
EPISODE 4: APR 16 Grand Pianola Music
Music that began as composer John Adams’ dream of California coastlines and limousine-pianos on the freeway soars at the Hollywood Bowl.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Elissa Johnston, soprano Holly Sedillos, soprano Kristen Toedtman, mezzo-soprano Deborah O’Grady, visuals
John ADAMS Grand Pianola Music
Support for this episode is provided by the Frank Gehry Fund for Creativity
EPISODE 5: APR 30 Unfinished
Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Schubert’s much celebrated Eighth Symphony, the “Unfinished.”
Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
EPISODE 6: JUNE 18 Common with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil
The rapper, writer, poet, and activist teams up with the LA Phil—and chats with Gustavo.
Common Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
EPISODE 7: JUNE 25 Carlos Vives with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil
Carlos Vives performs a special acoustic set with the LA Phil and joins Gustavo Dudamel in conversation
Carlos Vives Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor