CAMA at Home


Coming Friday, September 25 at 

SOUND/STAGE is a new online collection of concert films and interviews, essays, and artwork that offer deeper insights into the music. Performances range from orchestral concerts featuring Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil to sets from Kamasi Washington, Andra Day, and Chicano Batman. 

The CAMA Board of Directors is thrilled to share an imaginative new filmed performance series with you. 


CAMA’s long-time sister organization, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has created Sound/Stage, a nine-part series that will be streamed for free from the LA Phil’s website beginning September 25 and continuing through November 30.  

As CAMA is unable to offer live orchestral concerts this season, we encourage you to join us in viewing this innovative project recently filmed on the vast stage of the beloved Hollywood Bowl, with no audience and with the film crew and musicians masked and safely separated. (Wind players were stationed 12 feet apart and isolated behind three layers of plexiglass!)

The repertoire of the Sound/Stage series includes traditional orchestral works from the classical canon by Beethoven, Mahler, Ravel and Gershwin along with works by Black, Latinx and women composers as well as interviews, essays and sets by musicians working in other genres including jazz, rhythm & blues and soul. This programing reflects Maestro Gustavo Dudamel’s continuing commitment to diversity in the LA Phil’s immediate and future musical direction.

Chad Smith, President and CEO of the LA Phil, has said that the concept for the LA Phil’s 2020/2021 concert season programming was “to shift the musical center of gravity for our art form further west and further south.” The five-year “Pan-American Music” initiative includes numerous new commissions, recording projects and collaborations with individuals and cultural institutions across the Americas. Each episode of the Sound/Stage program reflects this commitment to diversity, and the final episode on November 30 features a work by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, who was selected by Maestro Dudamel to curate the LA Phil’s programming in 2020/2021, the inaugural year of this five‑year program.

As you know, CAMA and the LA Phil share a history of being founded in 1919 and have partnered to present world-class music each year in Santa Barbara for over a century. Our pasts and futures are closely tied, and we both look forward to another century of close collaboration. The Sound/Stage project was an expensive endeavor, and CAMA encourages you to support the LA Phil with a contribution to the PLAY YOUR PART fundraising campaign.

We look forward to enjoying this newly conceived creative project with you, our CAMA Community, in viewing the first episode: Love in the Time of Covid, which begins streaming on Friday, September 25 and features Gustavo Dudamel leading the orchestra with rising Metropolitan Opera star J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano; and Spanish actress María Valverde (Maestro Dudamel’s wife), narrator.

Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.



Love in the Time of COVID

With the help of J’Nai Bridges, Gustavo and the orchestra explore the many expressions of love—from the familial in George Walker’s elegy for his grandmother, to a musical love letter from Gustav Mahler, to Peter Lieberson’s setting of romantic poetry from Pablo Neruda. 

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
María Valverde, narrator
J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

LIEBERSON: Neruda Songs: “Amor mio, si muero y tú no mueras”
WALKER: Lyric for Strings
MAHLER: Adagietto from Symphony No.5 

Support for this episode is provided by
Diane and David Paul.

An LA Phil Media Production: SOUND/STAGE
You don’t want to miss this!

SOUND/STAGE, the LA Phil’s first concerts produced exclusively for streaming. Music, art, and ideas come together. Featuring Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gabriela Ortiz, Herbie Hancock, Chicano Batman, Andra Day, Kamasi Washington, Tyree Boyd-Pates, and more.

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