Photo by Adam Latham, courtesy of the LA Phil

SoCal Sunday Night returns with a new series featuring Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil. Tune in Sundays at 7pm and KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen brings you the latest concerts recorded live at the Hollywood Bowl. See the schedule below.

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Sunday, September 4, 7pm
Beethoven’s Fifths

The composer’s final piano concerto ushers in a magnificent evening of Beethoven at the Bowl. The acclaimed Seong-Jin Cho takes the solo spotlight for the grand majesty and patrician profile of the mighty “Emperor.” Then, Dudamel leads the iconic opening of Beethoven’s propulsive and energetic Symphony No. 5, in which the cruel hand of Fate is met by the fire of determination and, ultimately, victory.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Seong-Jin Cho, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5

Sunday, September 11, 7pm
Carmina Burana with Dudamel

From its epic “O Fortuna” opening—featured in countless movie trailers—Carl Orff’s masterpiece for vocal soloists, choruses, and full orchestra sweeps you into another world of ancient drinking songs and love ballads, featuring humor, sadness, resignation, and ribaldry. Beloved since its premiere, Carmina Burana (“Songs of Beuren”) repeats highly catchy tunes with brilliant orchestration that make them irresistible.

Gonzalo GRAU Odisea: Concerto for Venezuelan Cuatro and Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
ORFF: Carmina Burana

Sunday, September 18, 7pm
The Splendor of Saint-Saëns

Enjoy an evening of Saint-Saëns’ highly melodic music, from the passionate First Cello Concerto featuring Pablo Ferrández to the powerful majesty of his memorable “Organ” Symphony.”

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Paolo Bortolameolli, conductor
Pablo Ferrández, cello

SAINT-SAËNS: Danse Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1
SAINT-SAËNS: Symphony No. 3, “Organ”

Sunday, September 25, 7pm
Dvořák and Bjarnason

Five years ago, maverick violinist Pekka Kuusisto gave the world premiere of Daníel Bjarnason’s dazzling concerto that explores the sound possibilities of what a violin (and an exceptional violinist) can create, and he returns to the Bowl for an encore performance. Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska has been widely celebrated by critics for her ability to “elicit the finest nuances with her precise directing” (Bachtrack). She leads Dvořák’s cheerful Eighth Symphony, featuring vibrant Czech folk melodies, as well as Anna Meredith’s Nautilus, which has been called “pure maximalist mayhem” by GQ while showing up in the soundtracks of everything from Netflix’s Living With Yourself to Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, violin

Anna MEREDITH: Nautilus
Daníel BJARNASON: Scordatura
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8

Sunday, October 2, 7pm

Dynamic conductor Lina González-Granados—“an artist of considerable rhythmic vitality and alertness” (San Francisco Chronicle)—elicits the striking storytelling drama of Rimsky Korsakov’s colorful Scheherazade. Opening the evening is Nina Shekhar’s musical exploration of light and dark as well as Paganini’s showpiece for viola performed by the LA Phil’s Principal Teng Li.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Lina González-Granados, conductor
Teng Li, viola

Nina SHEKHAR: Lumina
PAGANINI: Sonata per la Grand Viola

Sunday, October 9, 7pm
An Evening of Rachmaninoff

Experience two classics by the ultimate Russian Romantic including his breathtaking Second Concerto—performed by a pianist described as the “definition of virtuosity” by The Observer—as well as the lush Second Symphony led by the wonderful Louis Langrée.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Louis Langrée, conductor
Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2

Sunday, October 16, 7pm

Joseph Young leads Carlos Simon’s Portrait of a Queen, which uses the orchestra and dramatic spoken word to trace Black history in America. Davóne Tines performs boldly re-imagined American classics and the evening closes with Copland’s quintessentially American score for Billy the Kid.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Joseph Young, conductor
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

Carlos SIMON: Portrait of a Queen
Michael SCHACHTER/Caroline SHAW/Tyshawn SOREY/Carlos SIMON (devised by Davóne TINES, text by Mahogany L. BROWNE): Concerto No. 2: ANTHEM (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
COPLAND: Billy the Kid

Sunday, October 23, 7pm
Clara Schumann and Dvořák

Isata Kanneh-Mason brings to life a rarely heard Piano Concerto by one of her musical heroines, Clara Schumann. Courtney Lewis leads one of Dvořák’s greatest symphonies, his lyric and Bohemian Seventh.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Courtney Lewis, conductor
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

MENDELSSOHN: Hebrides Overture
Clara SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 7

Sunday, October 30, 7pm
Beethoven’s Ninth

Beethoven’s towering Ninth—the composer’s revolutionary exaltation of equality and humanity—rings through the Hollywood hills, led by the Chief Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra with marvelous vocal soloists and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Eva Ollikainen, conductor
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, Artistic Director
Jenny Wong, Associate Artistic Director
Michelle Bradley, soprano
Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Blue, tenor
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone

Samy MOUSSA: Elysium
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9

Sunday, November 6, 7pm
Mozart Under the Stars

Hearing Mozart’s majestic music under the summer night sky is a prized Bowl tradition, especially with the effervescent Nicholas McGegan on the podium, plus the LA Phil’s own Principal Concertmaster!

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Nathan Cole, violin

MOZART: Symphony No. 32
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 4
MOZART: Symphony No. 36, “Linz”

Below, see the previous SoCal Sunday Night schedule featuring Carl St. Clair and Pacific Symphony.

Sunday, July 10, 7pm
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Bomsori Kim, “internationally recognized as one of the most dynamic and exciting violinists of today” (NDR), joins Pacific Symphony with Tchaikovsky’s delightful and ever-popular violin concerto. Following is Brahms’ Second Symphony, a work touched by dark despair but countered by the beautiful light of serenity.


Anja Bihlmaier, conductor
Bomsori Kim, violin

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (Violinist Bomsori Kim)
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Sunday, July 17, 7pm
Beethoven & Rachmaninoff

Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony is his vivid recollection of country life, familiar to many through the film Fantasia. Then, experience one of the repertoire’s most powerful, most demanding and most popular works — Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, featured in the 1996 hit movie Shine.


Carl St.Clair, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

Sunday, July 24, 7pm
Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

Hailed by The London Times as a “violinist in a class of his own,” James Ehnes joins legendary conductor Edo de Waart with Prokofiev’s Spanish-inspired second violin concerto; a work that perfectly blends drama with technical virtuosity. On the second half, revel in the majestic power of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ in Saint-Saëns‘ most popular symphony featuring a melody that was later adapted for film and the 1977 hit song “If I Had Words.”


Edo de Waart, guest conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Christoph Bull, organ

Michael Ippolito: Nocturne for Orchestra (Pacific Symphony Premiere)
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.63
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, “Organ Symphony”

Sunday, July 31, 7pm
Verdi’s Otello

Love, betrayal and jealousy – all trademarks of great tragic opera – Otello embraces these themes to the fullest. Written decades after going into retirement, Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s tale takes you on a journey through a passionate romance destroyed by one of opera’s most loathsome villains.


Carl St.Clair, conductor
Robert Neu, stage director
Carl Tanner, tenor
Kelebogile Besong, soprano
Pacific Chorale—Robert Istad, artistic director

VERDI: Otello

Sunday, August 7, 7pm
Yang Plays Rachmaniinoff

Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 is a work that leads you from gorgeous melodies to unforgettable themes, all without pause. Earlier in the evening, piano phenom Joyce Yang dazzles with Rachmaninoff’s tour-de-force of the keyboard, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.


José Luis Gomez, Conductor
Joyce Yang, Piano

Inocente Carreño: Margariteña
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 (1851 version)

Sunday, August 14, 7pm
The Mozart Project

Tonight’s concert, led by Carl St. Clair, features excerpts from several works by Mozart, culminating in the post-intermission performance of the composer’s Requiem. The orchestra will be joined by Pacific Chorale, Robert Istad, Artistic Director, as well as four vocal soloists: Celena Shafer, soprano, Milena Kitic, mezzo-soprano, John Pickle, tenor, Michael Dean, baritone. And, during the first half of the concert, guiding us through the tortured mind of Mozart’s rival Salieri (via excerpts from Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus) will be Marco Barricelli, the actor who portrayed Salieri for South Coast Repertory’s 2016 production of Amadeus.


Carl St.Clair, conductor
David Ivers, Artistic Director, South Coast Repertory
James Sullivan, stage director
Pacific Chorale—Robert Istad, artistic director

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart: Selections from the movie, Amadeus
Mozart: Requiem in D Minor

Sunday, August 21, 7pm
Beethoven’s Piano Concertos

Carl St. Clair and the orchestra are joined by pianist Alexander Romanovsky for music by Beethoven. It is part of a three-concert series featuring all five of Beethoven’s concertos for piano.


Carl St.Clair, Conductor
Alexander Romanovsky, Piano
Dennis Kim, Violin

Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Beethoven: Romance No. 1 (G Major)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5

Sunday, August 28, 7pm
Mozart & Mahler

Awe is the only adjective to describe twin piano phenoms, Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton; watch as they take Mozart’s rarely performed Concerto for Two Pianos to the stage. And Mahler’s popular Symphony No. 4 evokes memories of youthful innocence and rustic German countryside.


Carl St.Clair, conductor
Celena Shafer, soprano
Christina Naughton, piano
Michelle Naughton, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos
Mahler: Symphony No.4 (with Soprano Cecilia Violetta Lopez)