L.A. Philharmonic

Young and successful -- those are standards not only held up by the entertainment industry. In the vicinity of Hollywood, there is an orchestra that has just these qualities, and it's coming to Germany (Hamburg 8/27, Duesseldorf 9/9, Cologne 9/10, Frankfurt 9/12). The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen who at age 40 represents the younger generation of conductors. While the young man from Finland is stirring up excitement from the conductor's podium, another youngster has made important decisions in the background for the past six months. Willem Wijnbergen, who is also 40 years old, came from the Netherlands to Los Angeles to become the orchestra's manager. The orchestra itself has a young, dynamic aura -- within a matter of 30 years, it worked its way up from the second tier to become one of the seven richest American orchestras. The team of rising stars is as much at home in traditional classical music as it is in Hollywood music, as Georg Hirsch reports.

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