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Swed Speaks

The LA Times' Mark Swed sits down to speak with several YOLA musicians while on tour in London.

LA Times classical music critic and friend of the Phil Mark Swed traveled to London to take in all the happenings during the orchestra's International Residency at the Barbican Centre. But he, like many a hometown critic that travels with his local orchestra on tour, had seen all three of the programs that the orchestra was playing. If that's the case, what's a critic to do? What does he write about?

Well, if you're Swed, you write about the 10 YOLA students that traveled to London to take part in the Future Play Symposium. And, if you're Swed, you do a pretty amazing job of capturing the spirit of not only the event, but also the thoughts, words and feelings of its most important participants.

Swed writes:

Emotions, indeed, ran so high that by the end of the "Discover Dudamel" 90-minute public rehearsal Friday afternoon — the conclusion of the three-day "Future Play" symposium jointly sponsored by the L.A. Phil and the Barbican — there were few dry eyes in the theater after the encore of "Nimrod" from Elgar's "Enigma" Variations. And that wasn't just the audience.


You can read the rest of his wonderful "Critic's Notebook" piece on Discover Dudamel here.