Yuja Wang in a black dress with the "irresistible" Gustavo Dudamel.
The resplendent gigantic truck of the LA Phil permeating an air of effulgence yet intimate familiarity, this tour has been a tantalizing teaser (I am only doing three cities) with the admirable onstage and adorable offstage, lovable musicians and fun efficient staff. Only one more to go in my hometown on an Irish-green day, as for the irresistible Maestro, only two words: never enough.
Looking forward to July at the Bowl, birth place of my orange dress. ;)
Composer John Corigliano and Gustavo Dudamel offstage after Symphony No. 1.
The standing ovation following the LA Phil's Sunday afternoon concert was not the orchestra's first 2014 tour triumph, but it was our first (so far!) at New York's City's hallowed Lincoln Center.
As part of that great institution's "Great Performers" series, Gustavo Dudamel led the LA Phil in another moving performance of John Corigliano's First Symphony and a masterfully restrained take on Tchaikovsky's Fifth. (Cue the thundering applause.)
A panoramic view of Friday night's cheering audience inside Helzberg Hall.
The LA Phil's first time at the Kauffman Center was a huge symphonic success! The crowd went wild for Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra, the program, and, last, but hardly least, the phenomenal Yuja Wang. Kansas City Star reporter Libby Hanssen also went a little wild for our "vivid" performance! (And for us in general.)
| Posted by Diane B. Paul, Chairman, LA Phil Board of Directors in San Francisco
Members of the LA Phil Board of Directors, musicians and friends at Darioush Winery.
The San Francisco part of the tour was great! Some 14 board members and their spouses traveled up the coast to enjoy the perfect weather and serve as the most enthusiastic fan club for our beloved LA Phil. We were all so proud of the audiences' incredible responses to our exciting programs, which involved such great new music alongside Tchaikovsky and Brahms. Yuja Wang was also amazing. Both concerts were sold out and received standing ovations.
Playing in San Francisco was a delight. Although it's always hard to change halls. Switching from Disney Hall to Davies Hall is never easy. The Corigliano symphony was actually so well received. I am sure this music particularly rings a bell here. There was a standing ovation, the orchestra was magnificent and Gustavo was very inspired. Then Tchaikovsky, Brahms ... All went well. The acoustics in Davies Hall are much dryer than in Disney, which, in a way, makes it easier to listen to your colleagues. I could hear things in San Francisco I couldn't hear in L.A., which was interesting.
After playing our first two tour concerts in San Francisco, we were so lucky to have a free day in Jack Kerouac's city.
Gustavo Dudamel and members of the orchestra celebrate the SF finale.
We're 2 for 2 in San Francisco! The LA Phil's second night at Davies Hall yielded a second standing ovation from the audience after the orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang concluded Wednesday's program featuring Daníel Bjarnason's new work Blow Bright, Brahms' Second Symphony and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.
Orchestra and audience in a mutual salute after Wednesday night's performance.
The crowd on its feet after last night's concert inside San Francisco's Davies Hall.
The LA Phil's first stop along our North American Tour was a wild success! With San Francisco's gorgeous Davies Hall as the backdrop, Gustavo Dudamel and the orchestra brought the audience to its feet after stirring performances of John Corigliano's First Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Fifth.
Richard Scheinin's piece in the San Jose Mercury News applauded the LA Phil for unearthing Corigliano's "remarkable work, a 40-minute howl from the composer's soul that, criminally, is not often performed."