The History of The Los Angeles Philharmonic

"The Los Angeles Philharmonic was founded by William Andrews Clark, Jr., a millionaire and amateur musician, who established the city’s first permanent symphony orchestra in 1919. Walter Henry Rothwell became its first Music Director, serving until 1927; since then, ten renowned conductors have served in that capacity."(Ref)

For a photo tour of the history of the L.A. Philharmonic visit the L.A. Times here.