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The Los Angeles Philharmonic faces up to a daunting future

The Los Angeles Philharmonic faces up to a daunting future

On a serene summer evening, Deborah Borda, chief executive of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, settled into her box seat at the Hollywood Bowl. As the musicians took the stage, a woman yelled in Borda's direction: "We can't keep doing Mahler if we want to get the 20-year-olds." The comment about the late Romantic composer, a staple of the orchestra's repertoire, crystallized the challenges the L.A. Phil faces if it is to remain one of the nation's most innovative and financially strong orchestras. In coming years, the Phil will have to expand its audience beyond the older, well-to-do season-ticket holders who have been its foundation for nearly a century. ...

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