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UCLA Philharmonia
Hometown: Los Angeles
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UCLA PHILHARMONIA is the flagship orchestra of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and one of Southern California’s premiere training orchestras. Its music directors have included Lukas Foss, Richard Dufallo, Mehli Mehta, Samuel Krachmalnick, Alexander Treger and Jon Robertson.

Since 2005, Philharmonia has been led by Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies Neal Stulberg. Highlights of his tenure have included performances of Mahler, Bruckner, Nielsen, Honegger and Dutilleux symphonies, Duke Ellington’s Harlem, an evening-long exploration of Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique with commentary by UCLA Professor Robert Winter; a concert/lecture co-sponsored by the UCLA Departments of Music and Evolutionary Biology titled Messiaen’s Birds: The Greatest Musicians, featuring Grammy Award-winner and UCLA faculty pianist Gloria Cheng; a 70th birthday celebration of UCLA composition professor Paul Chihara; a Royce Hall 80th birthday tribute to Kenny Burrell; UCLA Opera productions of Verdi Falstaff, Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro, Jonathan Dove Flight (West Coast premiere) and Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites, Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld; annual youth concerts at Royce Hall sponsored by UCLA Center for the Art of Performance Design for Sharing; annual appearances on the Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater; a special Getty Center revival of the ground-breaking 1914 silent film In the Land of the Head Hunters, directed by famed photographer Edward Curtis with a restored original score by John Braham; an acclaimed Royce Hall Halloween concert titled One Foot in the Grave; the world premiere of UCLA Professor David Lefkowitz’ cantata, Lincoln Echoes; a special Royce Hall performance of works by Recovered Voices composers Franz Schreker, Alexander Zemlinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, conducted by Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon; Philharmonia’s inaugural appearance at the Broad Stage; a national conducting workshop sponsored by the Conductors Guild, North America’s major service organization for conductors; a world premiere Royce Hall performance of Ian Krouse’s Armenian Requiem and Philharmonia’s first two commercial CDs: a Yarlung Records release of previously unrecorded orchestral works by Viennese émigré composer Eric Zeisl; and a world-premiere Sono Luminus recording of Mohammed Fairouz’s Symphony No. 3 (“Poems and Prayers”) and his clarinet concerto “Tahrir.”

Since 2005, Philharmonia has accompanied staged UCLA Opera productions including Verdi Falstaff, Britten Midsummer Night's Dream, Puccini Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, Weill Threepenny Opera, Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, West Coast premieres of Francesco Cavalli's Giasone and Jonathan Dove's Flight, Ravel L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Wolf-Ferrari Il Segreto di Susanna.

2015-16 highlights include a Royce Hall performance of Orff Carmina Burana, a gala Chanukah celebration performance of Handel Judas Maccabaeus at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a special Schoenberg Hall concert in collaboration with the Hear Now festival featuring a program of works by Los Angeles-area composers, staged productions of Mozart Cosi fan Tutte and Le Tragédie de Carmen, Honegger Symphonie Liturgique, and Philharmonia's tenth annual All-Star concert.

UCLA Philharmonia's CDs are available on iTunes,, Naxos Music Library and other retail outlets.

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UCLA Philharmonia
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