| Posted by Martin Chalifour, LA Phil Principal Concertmaster in Montreal
Martin Chalifour experiments with an ancient Persian version of his violin at a tour stop in Napa.
Bonsoir de Montréal,
It would be as easy to write about the joys and attractions of Montreal as it would be to explain the merits of sugar to a four-year-old in a candy store.
Just as predicted, colleagues who are here for the first time just love Montreal! This French-speaking city is where I grew up and studied music until the age of 20.
The music Conservatory, which still operates today, was a fabulous network of free institutions throughout the province of Quebec. It prepared us for the best opportunities for careers in music, and also had a section devoted to Theater Arts.
The Canadian leg of the LA Phil's North American trek is officially over. Our neighbors to the North were a magnifique audience! Toronto was "magical" with a crowd of more than 2,400, including students from the Sistema Toronto educational program, and last night's concert at Montreal's Maison symphonique was a "a triumph."
CNN may have just declared our very own Gehryland "one of the world's 15 most beautiful concert halls," but Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra and a merry band of artists, crew members, sound engineers and big-time management staff are currently gearing up to leave Walt Disney Concert Hall in the dust ... The LA Phil hits the road early next week to kick off our 2014 North American Tour!