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That’s Stage Manager Jeff Wallace. He’s double checking load-in times at all the tour venues.
Meanwhile, we have a concert to put on at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gustavo leads the LA Phil in Dvorák’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. We’re working late with Jeff when…
We learn that Gustavo has pulled a muscle in his neck and can’t continue the second half of the sold-out concert.
Associate Conductor Lionel Bringuier to the rescue! Lionel runs to his apartment, changes into his concert clothes, ascends the podium, and conducts the Tchaikovsky with incredible finesse.
Thunderous applause for Lionel! The LA Times called his performance “sizzling.”