L.A. Phil concerts with Dudamel, Salonen, others will air on KUSC


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A new series of broadcasts featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic in concert will be heard on classical music station KUSC-FM (91.5) beginning this weekend.

The 14 programs are from the orchestra’s 2011-12 season, and half are conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the L.A. Phil. Others feature guest conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Simon Rattle, James Conlon and John Adams.


Included in the lineup are three concerts from the Phil’s ambitious Mahler Project, featuring the composer’s Symphony No. 4, No. 9 and No. 8. The latter, set to close the KUSC series on July 1, was recorded in Caracas, Venezuela, and features not only the Phil but also the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and a huge chorus -- 1,400 performers in all. Times music critic Mark Swed attended that event Feb. 18 and called it a ‘grand performance.’

‘Los Angeles Philharmonic in Concert,’ airing Sundays at 4 p.m., will be hosted by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen. Like other KUSC programming, it will also be heard on KPSC-FM (88.5) in Palm Springs, KDSC-FM (91.1) in Thousand Oaks, KQSC-FM (88.7) in Santa Barbara, KESC-FM (99.7) in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo and online.


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-- Lee Margulies