Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Grand Performances present the Love Uninhibited Orchestra (LUO) to launch the third season of LAX Presents.
A cultural performance series staged in locations across the airport’s domestic and international terminals from March until December. Now in its third year of a three-year contract, LAX Presents will bring 38 performances featuring an eclectic array of styles, such as smooth bossa nova, vintage West Coast rock, Mexican folklórico dance, a music and Japanese calligraphy collaboration, jazz piano, and classical ensembles.
“These performances offer points of connection to the people, places, and cultures of Los Angeles, and we’re delighted to keep the LAX Presents series playing into 2019,” said Sarah Cifarelli, LAX Art Program Director. “With 38 performances, we’re confident that our guests will have a chance to enjoy genuine expressions of Los Angeles.”
Last year, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners voted to increase funding for the program and bring additional performances to LAX guests. The 2019 season will more than double the number of performances from 2018, and will also features 14 acts, compared to nine in 2018.
Artists comprising the 2019 season are drawn from some of Los Angeles’ most respected music and cultural performance venues, including McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica; The World Stage in Leimert Park Village; Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights; Tuesday Night Project based in Little Tokyo; and the American Youth Symphony, a Los Angeles organization dedicated to preparing young musicians to lead 21st century orchestras and ensembles.
The 2019 season of LAX Presents kicks off with the LUO, a 16-piece live orchestra that plays the greatest hits from the golden age of love songs karaoke-style and invites the audience to sing along. LUO will play classics from the Bee-Gees, the Carpenters, Burt Bacharach, Barry Manilow, Al Green, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, The Captain and Tennille, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Sonny and Cher. The show celebrates the deeper, broader, universal aspects of love through music.
The LUO will begin the new season at a kick-off event on Thursday, March 21, at 5 p.m., with a second set at 6 p.m., at the Tom Bradley International Terminal’s Great Hall. Each set is scheduled for 45 minutes.