Past / Forward: The LA Phil at 100
Published on the occasion of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centennial, Past / Forward: The
LA Phil at 100 is a two-volume, slipcased coffee table book that revisits the history of the LA
Phil and contemplates the future of “America’s most important orchestra.” The publication offers
an unconventional approach to institutional storytelling and includes more than 100 firsthand
accounts, interviews conducted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Page, 150 rarely seen
archival photos, and artwork from Lucky Dragons, Charles Gaines, and Christine Sun Kim.
Volume I: Past offers an episodic history of the orchestra, featuring interviews with its
living music directors Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Gustavo Dudamel.
Volume II: Forward is more experimental, inviting the LA Phil’s closest artistic
collaborators to reflect on the future of composition, performances spaces, and music in Los
Angeles. Contributors include Dudamel, Herbie Hancock, Frank Gehry, Elkhanah Pulitzer, Josh
Kun, and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles student Liliana Morales among others.