LA Phil Sep 7

September 7
Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

Camille Saint-Saëns’ adventurous, final symphony has been ingrained in popular culture with themes from its memorable triumphant last movement appearing in pop songs and as the main theme in the film Babe. Dedicated to Franz Liszt—and featuring the LA Phil’s own Joanne Pearce Martin in this performance—the “Organ” symphony led fellow composer Charles Gounod to hail Saint-Saëns as “the French Beethoven.”

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée teams up again with acclaimed composer Jonathan Bailey Holland for a world premiere symphony. And in an impressive showcase of Maurice Ravel, Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour performs the composer’s virtuosic violin showpiece, followed by the LA Phil demonstrating his knack for conveying childlike wonder with the Mother Goose Suite.


Louis Langrée


Martin Chalifour, violin*
Joanne Pearce Martin, organ**

Jonathan Bailey Holland

(world premiere, LA Phil commission)

Maurice Ravel


Maurice Ravel

Mother Goose Suite

Camille Saint-Saëns

Symphony No. 3, “Organ”**