The prodigious Finn learned a lot from this city. In return, the composer-conductor, about to depart the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has made this a music capital to be envied.
His final concerts linger over some of the key goals that he set during his 17 years leading the L.A. Philharmonic.
Artist Bill Viola, pianist Yefim Bronfman, orchestra executive Ernest Fleischmann and others reflect on L.A. Philharmonic's music director.
Here are excerpts of Times reviews, culled from key performances during Esa-Pekka Salonen's years leading the Phil:
It was a weekend of firsts at the box office. The No. 1 spot went to the first cave-man family in "The Croods," and "Olympus Has Fallen" star Gerard Butler had his first strong showing at the multiplex in years. The 3-D animated family film beat out the competition, grossing a solid $44.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor 20th Century Fox. "Olympus Has Fallen," a White House-set action thriller, exceeded industry expectations by about $10 million, debuting with a healthy $30.5 million. Meanwhile, the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy "Admission" started off with an underwhelming $6.4 million. And "Spring...