Classical Music

The L.A. Phil’s opening gala at Disney Hall finds Dudamel & Co. in full jazz swing

The L.A. Phil’s opening gala at Disney Hall finds Dudamel & Co. in full jazz swing

A gala’s a gala.  Who can ask for anything more? 

Well, critics do all the time, and so, my emails show, do at least some concertgoers who complain of same old, same old with the annual galas that begin symphony orchestra seasons the country over. The star soloists tend to be overexposed, as does, for the most part, the commonplace repertory.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, taking advantage of Walt Disney Concert Hall, has tried to be different. But it’s always a delicate balancing act. You don’t want to be too different and leave the regular concertgoers feeling like they missed something special. Even so, big donors — many of whom pay...

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