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Classical music in 2017: After an astounding year, the L.A. Phil deserves a top 10 list of its own

Classical music in 2017: After an astounding year, the L.A. Phil deserves a top 10 list of its own

Now look what the Los Angeles Philharmonic has done.

It isn’t enough to be America’s most important orchestra, a progressive opera company, a leader in enlightened arts administration, a major festival maker, an unbelievably fertile factory for new music, an international trailblazer in community involvement and education. The incurably disruptive L.A. Phil has even gone and upended the year-end 10-best list.

I could come up with two dozen L.A. Phil entries alone for 2017, as if nothing else is happening in town and beyond. Well, much else is happening, so the only thing to do is put the L.A. Phil in a category by itself and hand over most of the list to everyone else...

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