(Note: Now that the tour has reached the halfway point, we thought we'd ask LA Phil Orchestra Personnel Manager Jeffrey Neville to weigh in with a "behind-the-scenes" view of the tour so far.)
It’s 11:30am on Wednesday morning, Gustavo’s birthday, Our performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at the Philharmonie in Cologne is just hours away. One of the largest repertoire pieces as far as personnel goes - 106 players strong. "All hands on deck," as they say. My phone rings and a voice on the other end says, “I’ve been up all night, I’m sick and I don’t think I will be able to play tonight.”
LA Phil Orchestra Personnel Manager Jeffrey Neville shows off the perfect combination of charm and managerial savvy that lets him get the job done while on tour.