Honoring the past, showcasing the present, and unveiling the future was the goal of the 100th anniversary gala of the LA Philharmonic produced in collaboration with Intel Drone Light Shows. Taking place on October 24, 2019, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the event featured a dazzling display of music, lights, images, and a storyline illustrating the history of this iconic organization.
Behind the scenes, it was a team effort of technology, hardware, software, and 300 Intel drones that lit up the night sky. Images of an old radio broadcast tower and concert halls where the philharmonic previously performed, including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Hollywood Bowl, brought to life the LA Phil’s grand history, musical directors, musicians, and composers. A massive “YOLA” comprised of drone lights was a tribute to the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, who also performed that evening.
The three living musical directors of the philharmonic were in attendance to lead the events and included current director Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor Emeritus Zubin Mehta, and Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen. The concert was also televised, so those unable to attend could watch as the three conductors, together on stage, directed the finale and world premiere of “From Space I Saw Earth” by Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason. It was certainly an impactful and memorable centennial event to propel the LA Phil into another 100 years.