The Los Angeles Philharmonic is Los Angeles’ first permanent symphony orchestra. Since its inception, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra has established a place among the leading performing arts institutions in Southern California. Every year, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducts a 30-week winter subscription season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, where "Music Under the Stars" has been a popular tradition since 1922.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic was founded by William Andrews Clark Jr. — a multi-millionaire and amateur musician — in 1919. The orchestra started its musical journey on October 27, in the same year of its inception, just 11 days after the new ensemble met for their first rehearsal. Under the direction of Walter Henry Rothwell, the orchestra showcased its maiden performance at Trinity Auditorium, in front of a capacity crowd of 2,400.
The post-opening season saw the Los Angeles Philharmonic making the Philharmonic Auditorium on the northeast corner of Fifth and Olive its home — the place where the orchestra would stay for the next 44 years. In December 1964, the orchestra moved to the newly constructed Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Music Center of Los Angeles County. Today, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall — one of the most-acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world — thus providing for a unique musical experience.
Since its beginning, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s involvement with the community has extended well beyond the concert hall. The orchestra has always made it a point to forge continuing partnerships that would foster greater community involvement.
Along those lines, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, at its new venue, organizes free public presentations, hosts an outdoor children's theater, and maintains a community garden.
Since William Andrews Clark’s death in 1934, the orchestra has been sponsored by the Southern California Symphony Association. Now, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the vibrant leadership of Esa-Pekka Salonen — who became the orchestra's 10th music director in 1992 — is regarded as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras.