L.A. Phil concert at Disney Hall to be broadcast on KUSC-FM
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn.'s tribute concert to its former leader Ernest Fleischmann will be broadcast live from Walt Disney Concert Hall Tuesday night by classical music station KUSC-FM (91.5).
The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., features the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez and Lionel Bringuier sharing the conducting duties. Also performing will be tenors Daniel Chaney and Grant Gershon, baritone Abdiel Gonzalez, bass Reid Bruton and the Los Angeles Children's Chorus.
Fleischmann, who managed the L.A. Phil from 1969 to 1998 and is credited with transforming it into one of the nation's leading orchestras, died last June at the age of 85.
Hosting the concert for KUSC will be Gail Eichenthal and Brian Lauritzen.
Meantime, it was business as usual for KUSC Tuesday, a day after learning it would be getting some local competition beginning next week when KGIL-AM (1260) morphs back to its previous incarnation as KMZT (K-Mozart). Station executives said they weren't concerned about the explanation from station owner Saul Levine that he was changing formats in part because of what he believed was dissatisfaction among some listeners over how classical music is presented on KUSC.
"We don't expect Saul's format shift to have a negative impact on KUSC," station president Brenda Barnes said. "Since classical music is our mission, not our business, we are always glad when more classical music is available."
Photo: Ernest Fleischmann. Credit: Los Angeles Times