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LA Phil Donating to Nashville Symphony

In the wake of the devastating floods in Nashville, the Nashville Symphony’s presentation of Gustavo Dudamel with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, scheduled for Saturday, May 15, has moved to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). The performance was originally scheduled to take place at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home of the Nashville Symphony, which sustained substantial water damage in the floods. To help replace Steinway pianos lost in the damage, a gift of $25,000 will be donated jointly to the Nashville Symphony from musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Thibaudet, who hand-picked the Nashville Symphony’s Hamburg Steinway lost in the flood, has agreed to select another new piano.

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Interview with Pickens Black, Tour Truck Driver

Video: Getting Ready for the Tour

A selection of videos of the orchestra getting ready for the tour!

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Getting Ready - May 8

Take a look as the orchestra gets ready for their cross-country, two-week tour.

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All In A Day’s Work

That’s Stage Manager Jeff Wallace. He’s double checking load-in times at all the tour venues.

Meanwhile, we have a concert to put on at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gustavo leads the LA Phil in Dvorák’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. We’re working late with Jeff when…

9:40pm
We learn that Gustavo has pulled a muscle in his neck and can’t continue the second half of the sold-out concert.

9:41pm
Associate Conductor Lionel Bringuier to the rescue! Lionel runs to his apartment, changes into his concert clothes, ascends the podium, and conducts the Tchaikovsky with incredible finesse.

10:06pm
Thunderous applause for Lionel! The LA Times called his performance “sizzling.”

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Countdown to the Tour!

The Show Must Go On!

Good news: we’re still heading to Nashville!! Our friends at Nashville Symphony said: “We’re hurting, but we still need music.” The flood damage at Schermerhorn Symphony Center prohibits playing a concert there, so we moved the concert to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville Symphony’s former home.

Must. Pack. Soon.

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News from Nashville

We learned today that our friends at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville lost 2 Steinway Concert Grands and a $1.5 million organ console due to flooding. Our third stop of the tour is now uncertain and the frenzied search for alternate venues, flights, hotels and transportation begins.

Here’s a video of what our friends at the Nashville Symphony are up against. Our thoughts are with you Nashville!

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