LA Phil President and CEO Deborah Borda, hard at work on this blog post.
The performances in Lisbon and Madrid found the Beethoven and the Mahler 9 already in stunning shape and growing every night. I find the intensity at times almost overwhelming. Audiences are wonderfully receptive with standing ovations every night.
Our concert in Madrid was a gallery of Angelenos and international friends including Zubin Mehta, James Conlon and the First Lady of Spain. It was quite the scene backstage!
After the concert -- at midnight, in fact -- Gustavo officially turns 30! While there are all sorts of festivities planned for today and tonight, please join me in wishing Gustavo ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!
What a special way to reach this milestone Birthday!