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L.A. Philharmonic's Bowl appearances to be broadcast on KUSC-FM

August 6, 2010 |  3:00 pm


If you haven't been able to make it to the Hollywood Bowl this summer to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic, you'll at least be able to listen. For the fourth year, classical music station KUSC-FM (91.5) will broadcast a 10-week series of the orchestra's concert performances.

Beginning this weekend, the series will air Saturdays at 2 p.m. on the Los Angeles-based public radio station and its simulcast affiliates in Palm Springs, Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara and Morro Bay-San Luis Obispo. The programs also will be available online at

The first offering will be the orchestra's July 6 Bowl performance under the baton of Grant Gershon. The bill includes the Los Angeles Master Chorale and music by Handel, Mozart, Poulenc, Haydn and Vivaldi.

This week's Bowl concerts with Gustavo Dudamel at the podium are scheduled for broadcast Aug. 28 (featuring Dudamel's U.S. opera debut in a performance of "Carmen"), Sept. 4 (with Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero) and Sept. 11 (with singer Isabel Leonard).

Deborah Borda, president of the L.A. Phil, hailed the partnership with KUSC as an opportunity to "share the exciting work that is taking place at the Hollywood Bowl this summer. The online availability of our concert broadcasts expands our listenership even further, developing our core audience as well as appealing to new audiences across the nation."

KUSC said the broadcasts will include interviews with soloists and orchestra members.

-- Lee Margulies

Photo: Pianist Gabriela Montero, conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic take their bows after their Aug. 3 performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles  Times