Sellars, ‘Wild Things’ headline L.A. Phil season

Sked kicks off Sept. 17

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2012-13 season, which kicks off Sept. 27, will be marked by nine new commissions, seven world premieres and several stars in the classical and jazz realms who will bring their talents to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Highlights — all being conducted by L.A. Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel — include the second installment of the three-year Mozart opera project, “The Marriage of Figaro”; L.A. Phil creative chair John Adams’ oratorio “The Gospel According to the Other Mary,” directed by Peter Sellars; and Oliver Knussen’s one-act opera “Where the Wild Things Are,” based on Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book.

Two multi-year projects will also be launched that concentrate on the work of a single composer: Beethoven with Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes; and the Bach Keyboard Cycle, which marks the beginning of pianist András Schiff’s two-year examination of Bach’s keyboard music.

Other celebrated artists featurted in the season’s programming include violinists Itzhak Perlman and Hilary Hahn; pianists Hélène Grimaud, Yefim Bronfman and Yuja Wang; and vocalists Renée Fleming and Susan Graham.

Past L.A. Phil music directors Esa-Pekka Salonen and Zubin Mehta will also return for select dates to wield the baton, bringing their respective Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra with them.

Among the jazz offerings curated by Herbie Hancock include a co-commissioned piece written by Wayne Shorter for bassist-singer Esperanza Spalding, who is writing the lyrics and providing the vocals for the piece; and a visit by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis.

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