Not even a flood can stop Gustavo and the LA Phil! The new Schermerhorn Hall in Nashville sustained serious damage in last week's weather catastrophe and cannot be used again until major repairs are completed. For a few days it seemed our concert would have to be cancelled. However, we hung in there with the great folks from the Nashville Symphony because we all believe passionately in the power of music when times are tough. Amazingly, the persistent music-lovers in Nashville came up with an alternate (though not ideal) hall and asked if we would be willing to play in it. Not only were we willing, but our musicians took up a collection among themselves that added up to close to $7000; Gustavo and Jean Yves Thibaudet matched that, and our Association will give back a portion of our fee.
This all amounts to a $25,000 donation to our beleaguered colleagues. When I told their CEO Alan Valentine that not only did we want to come but we would make this special donation to help them in this tough time, he literally could not speak for a few moments. I am so proud of our musicians-- their spirit and generosity is something truly special. The hall tonight may not be perfect, but when the LA Phil takes the stage you know it will be a concert nobody will forget!
President and CEO, LA Phil
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