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<em>El Sistema</em> In Action

Just like when the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela came to LA for the hometown leg of The Mahler Project, the LA Phil has a healthy-sized educational component to its trip to Venezuela for the Caracas leg of The Mahler Project.

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Bon Voyage!

Well, the wheels are up, the seatbelt sign is lit and the orchestra is winging its way to Caracas to do The Mahler Project all over again!

The cargo - you know, little things like instruments - is already in Venezuela, accompanied by LA Phil Production Director extraordinaire Paul Geller. In fact, the equipment is likely already at the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, patiently awaiting the arrival of the orchestra. The instruments won't have to wait long, though - the first performance of Mahler 9 is at 6:00pm Caracas time tomorrow night!

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Worth A Thousand Words, Part III – The Big Day

Gustavo Dudamel takes the podium in front of more than 1,000 musicians for one last run-through of Mahler 8.
Gustavo Dudamel takes the podium in front of more than 1,000 musicians for one last run-through of Mahler 8.

Three weeks of The Mahler Project here in Los Angeles, all leading up to this.

Tonight, of course, is the once-in-a-lifetime performance of Mahler 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand," at the Shrine Auditorium.

Over 1,000 musicians. Two orchestras. One conductor. And more than 6,000 concert-goers in attendance to see the music of Mahler at its most grand.

These photos are from today's dress rehearsal - just imagine what it will look like tonight.

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A Thousand Words, Part II – Getting the Shrine Ready

Let’s Party, Mahler-Style!

If you're a regular attendee of programs here at Walt Disney Concert Hall, you've likely seen BP Hall - it's where we usually hold out Upbeat Live pre-concert talks.

Chances are good, though, that you've never seen it packed with more than 200 members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela - we held a little party to welcome them to LA and to thank them for shouldering some of the load of The Mahler Project. Here's what it looked like:

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