L.A. Phil honors music director
Los Angeles is not yet ready to let go of Esa-Pekka Salonen.Sunday just before his last concert as music director with L.A. Phil, board chairman David Bohnett with prexy and chief exec Deborah Borda announced his appointment as conductor laureate, a first in the 90-year history of the org. “Salonen’s tenure has been extraordinary not only for its longevity but for its legacy,” Borda said. “Esa-Pekka has literally shaped the orchestra into the ensemble we know today.” Salonen said, “This organization has been at the very center of my musical life for 17 years. I am very proud and honored that they would even consider me for such a prestigious title and it gives me great pleasure to accept.”
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