Classical KUSC is proud to partner with the LA Phil to present a series of summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Join us all summer long as Gustavo Dudamel, the Phil, and superstar soloists bring you incredible music under the stars.

We asked KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen (the host of our SoCal Sunday Night: Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl broadcasts, which start on August 11th) what he was especially looking forward to at these concerts. See what’s coming up below.

Tuesday, July 9: Carnival of the Animals

The foremost sibling classical music piano duo bring us Saint-Saëns’ kaleidoscopic zoological extravaganza coupled with Berlioz’s fever dream of a symphony. Hear this broadcast on SoCal Sunday night on August 11th.

Tuesday, July 23: Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s 2nd

Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler is already iconic. Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Phil and LA Master Chorale in Mahler’s uplifting and hopeful “Resurrection” Symphony is ecstasy waiting to happen.

Tuesday, August 6: Mozart Requiem

The LA Phil has never welcomed a visiting orchestra for a summer residency at the Hollywood Bowl. This year, they welcome one of the world’s (slightly) hidden gems of an orchestra–the Budapest Festival Orchestra for multiple performances at the Hollywood Bowl, including Mozart’s Requiem with the LA Master Chorale.

Tuesday, August 13: Britain at the Bowl

Bowl favorite Bramwell Tovey returns to conduct a program of British favorites like Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (yeah, the one from all the graduation ceremonies) and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra alongside music you probably know but couldn’t name like Eric Coates’ The Dam Busters March. Hear this broadcast on SoCal Sunday night on September 8th.

Tuesday, August 27: Beethoven’s Ninth

As if Beethoven’s 9th isn’t enough reason to drop everything and run to the Bowl, consider this: a world premiere (this is the LA Phil, after all) by one of America’s most important composers, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, opens this program, conducted by Xian Zhang. Hear this broadcast on SoCal Sunday night on September 29th.

Tuesday, September 3: Stravinsky’s Petrushka

Outgoing music director of the Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot leads a program of French music, which includes the ballet Petrushka, by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, which was written for the Paris-based Ballets Russes.

Tuesday, September 10: Ravel with Thibaudet

She’s not yet 40, but already Eun Sun Kim is one of the premier conducting talents in the world, just named Principal Guest Conductor of Houston Grand Opera. She leads a program of mostly-French music, including Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Debussy’s serene, yet scandalous ballet Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Hear this broadcast on SoCal Sunday night on October 13th.