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It's been a long time since the orchestra was here in Washington, something like 12 or 13 years, and that last time was while the Kennedy Center was being renovated. We arrived at the new stage entrance and went inside seeing other changes to the backstage area and the hall itself. Some of us met with friends from the National Symphony and then we rehearsed a little to check the acoustics and get a feel for the room.
At intermission we had a surprise visit from a long-time friend from LA, Placido Domingo, here to attend to his other regular gig with Kennedy Center's National Opera.