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Report from D.C.

Report from D.C.

Cellist Barry Gold onstage at The Kennedy Center.

If it's Tuesday it must be ... Washington D.C.!!!

Yesterday the Amtrak Acela Express (also known as the Los Angeles Philharmonic) rolled into Union Station and we were quickly whisked away to the Park Hyatt Washington D.C. We then had a total of about four hours to eat, rest and see some sights before another convoy of buses brought us to the Kennedy Center for a 30-minute acoustic rehearsal! And then ... well of course the main attraction followed at 8pm: a concert featuring the Symphony #1 of John Corigliano and the Fifth of Tchaikovsky.

I can report firsthand that the concert was a tremendous success ... The audience standing and applauding so enthusiastically that we had to oblige with an encore: a Polonaise of Tchaikovsky. More ear-shattering applause followed!

I'm enjoying the blessing of playing in my 32nd season with the Phil and am so proud to report that the level and quality from every section of our great orchestra has continued to reach new heights of accomplishment under our Maestro, Gustavo Dudamel!  The response of the audiences thus far have been deeply felt and truly overwhelming. This morning it's off to Toronto. We're making you proud Los Angeles!!!

-Barry Gold, cellist