John Densmore Confirmed As Special Guest At L.A. Philharmonic Opening Night

Drummer John Densmore, a founding member of The Doors, is confirmed to perform with LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and the orchestra in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Opening Night Concert: California Soul, Thursday, September 27. Densmore will perform a classic California song by The Doors, L.A. Woman, on a program dedicated to the music of California to launch the orchestra's Centennial season. Additional classic songs of California will be announced from the stage.

The program also includes Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin, soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae, and Tracy Silverman, performing on six-string electric violin. The evening officially kicks off the LA Phil's Centennial season with a celebration of Golden State creativity from John Adams to Frank Zappa. Elkhanah Pulitzer directs the festive program, spanning a spectrum of music that reflects the unique soul of California.

Program to include:

GOLDSMITH Love Theme from Chinatown John Adams Harmonium: "Wild Nights" ZAPPA G Spot Tornado Julia ADOLPHE Underneath the Sheen (world premiere, LA Phil commission) John Adams Dharma at Big Sur: Part 2, Sri Moonshine

Plus, classic California songs to be announced from the stage The night also includes the unveiling of WDCH Dreams by Refik Anadol, a visual art installation projected onto the exterior of the Concert Hall. The celebratory evening concludes with a post-concert party with Pink Martini and KCRW DJ Jason Bentley. Proceeds from the LA Phil Gala support the LA Phil's many music education programs, which serve more than 150,000 youths, families, and teachers every year.

Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 7 PM WHERE: Walt Disney CONCERT HALL 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Gala VIP Packages (including reception, dinner, prime seating, and post-concert party) are available now. Call 213 972 3051, or visit the LA Phil Special Events page at laphil.com/support-us/other-ways-support/special-events/la-phil-gala/, for additional information. Concert-only as well as post-concert party tickets are also available now. Tickets for the LA Phil 2018/19 season are available for purchase at laphil.com, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323 850 2000.

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