Purchasing from the L.A. Philharmonic's website is usually easy enough, but after clicking on descriptions of Dudamel's shows through early November, all that pops up is that pesky "Call for Availability" notification under "Price." In our experience with both the L.A. Phil and Hollywood Bowl, that's code for "Sold Out," unless tickets magically happen to be returned. It's always worth a shot to call-in for those shows, just in case, but we did find dates with open seats starting on November 12 for the Dudamel and Upshaw performance of folk music and Schubert's Symphony No. 8. Granted, available tickets are in higher price tiers—starting at $67, the last we checked—but an evening at Frank Gehry's awesome, acoustically-perfect Walt Disney Concert Hall never disappoints.
There are also plenty of places to eat Downtown before or after your performance, whether you decide to make a stop at Chaya, grab a casual glass of wine at CorkBar, or try Top Chef alumnus Ilan Hall's new restaurant The Gorbals, and for convenience's sake you can also eat at the WDCH itself at the well-respected Patina restaurant or Concert Hall Café. We can already hear the first notes of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 ringing in anticipation.
· L.A. Philharmonic [Official Site]
· The Hollywood Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music [Jaunted]