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LA Phil celebrates Jazz Age with Gershwin numbers

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel departed from their customary longhair musical fare for the opening night gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall, on Sept. 27, with the immortal works of the jazz age.

The always-posh black-tie evening, showcasing music by George Gershwin and contemporaries such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein, featured budding piano virtuoso George Li, 20, and powerhouse Broadway talents, Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell, who sang hits by the famed jazz-era composers.

The proceeds from “Gershwin and the Jazz Age” exceeded $3.2 million and are earmarked for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s variety of educational programs, which serve more than 150,000 children, families and teachers every year.

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