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Philadelphia….the City of Brotherly Love, Dr. J, Rocky Balboa and our very own John Lofton. We took the Amtrak Acela yesterday from DC and a mere 90 minutes later, we arrived in Philadelphia. Train travel is so civilized, but it must have looked a little like herding sheep, getting the orchestra through the train station to the correct departure platform. When we arrived in Philly, we had our very own police escort from the train to the buses…they must of heard about these musicians from the other side of the country. Of course, as soon as we arrived at the hotel, the majority of the brass section took off for the closest cheese steak emporium. You absolutely must have a cheese steak hoagie in Philly. YUM!!
The Kimmel Center and Verizon Hall was our concert destination last night, a beautiful new concert hall which opened about one year before WDCH. I received a text message from our stage manager earlier in the afternoon…..”Can’t fit on the risers, have to play flat tonight”. We were performing John Adams’, City Noir which requires everyone including a huge percussion section, 2 harps and 2 keyboards. Our stage crew has done an amazing job setting the orchestra for this piece in unfamiliar halls. I went over to scope out the situation, and sure enough we were very tight, but of course, it worked. The concert was performed for yet another “Sold Out” house and was received with tremendous enthusiasm from the audience. It has been very exciting.
Tomorrow, we’re back on the train again. Next stop…….The Big Apple.