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LA Phil takes its concert to big screen

Three local theaters feature simulcast of Beethoven symphony

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is putting on a unique concert this weekend, and symphony fans in Portland can enjoy it - live.

'LA Phil Live' will simulcast live, in high definition, three programs this year from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to about 450 movie theaters around the country.

The first concert is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, and three theaters in Portland will show the concert: Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave.; Lloyd Center 10, 1510 N.E. Multnomah St.; Cedar Hills Crossing 16, 3200 S.W. Hocken Ave.

Ticket prices range from $18 to $22, with senior and children/student and group prices rates available. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box offices or online at fathomevents.com.

Sunday's concert is titled 'Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Beethoven,' with the LA Phil conductor as the star of the show. The highlight of Sunday's concert is Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, an ebullient, life-affirming symphony that achieved instant popular acclaim lasting to this day. Also featured is the Stravinsky-inspired Slonimsky's Earbox, written by John Adams, and Leonard Bernstein's powerful First Symphony, 'Jeremiah,' a profoundly personal account of the Book of Lamentations.

Featured artists are Dudamel, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor and host Vanessa Williams.

Each broadcast features an insider's look at the L.A. Phil, including never before seen footage of interviews with Dudamel, world-renowned guest soloists and the orchestra's musicians. The LA Phil hopes the simulcast concerts rejuvenate interest and build support for classical music.

LA Phil and Dudamel will focus on Tchaikovsky in a March 13 concert and Brahms in a June 5 concert, also which possibly will be shown at the three Portland-area theaters.

- Jason Vondersmith