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Thank You, Kansas City! It's Been Vivid!

Thank You, Kansas City! It's Been Vivid!

A panoramic view of Friday night's cheering audience inside Helzberg Hall.

The LA Phil's first time at the Kauffman Center was a huge symphonic success! The crowd went wild for Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra, the program, and, last, but hardly least, the phenomenal Yuja Wang. Kansas City Star reporter Libby Hanssen also went a little wild for our "vivid" performance! (And for us in general.) 

The organization is a testament to classical music as an integrated, not insulated, component of contemporary culture, considering the performers’ connections in education, challenging perceptions with commitment to performing modern works, while at the same time vitalizing the repertoire.

Doesn't get much better than that ... Much obliged, Kansas City!

Audience members traverse Kansas City's glorious Kauffman Center.

Pianist Yuja Wang signs autographs and takes photos with fans backstage.

Principal Horn Andrew Bain and Principal Trumpet Thomas Hooten.

Principal Percussion Raynor Carroll just before showtime.

Violinist Ingrid Kuo Chun and Principal Viola Carrie Dennis.

Pianist Yuja Wang salutes the happy Kansas City crowd during a standing ovation. 

Music Director Gustavo DudamelJoanne Pearce Martin, Mitch Newman, Camille Avellano, Sarah Jackson, Kansas City Symphony cellist Lawrence Figg.

While our new friend-city's hospitality is what we'll miss most, the insane indigenous BBQ will definitely be a close second.

Behold! A K.C.-style welcome banquet.