How did we get to Toronto already? I remember the the weeks leading up to tour like they were yesterday. How many pairs of shoes would I need? 2? 6? And underwear? 14 or 47?
Planning to be out of town for two weeks performing is very different from planning to be gone for two weeks on vacation. I mean, who brings tails to the pool in Hawaii? Not to mention the fact that this is my first tour ... But not to worry, in the end I brought an adequate amount of shoes and undergarments.
Playing in San Francisco was a delight. Although it's always hard to change halls. Switching from Disney Hall to Davies Hall is never easy. The Corigliano symphony was actually so well received. I am sure this music particularly rings a bell here. There was a standing ovation, the orchestra was magnificent and Gustavo was very inspired. Then Tchaikovsky, Brahms ... All went well. The acoustics in Davies Hall are much dryer than in Disney, which, in a way, makes it easier to listen to your colleagues. I could hear things in San Francisco I couldn't hear in L.A., which was interesting.
After playing our first two tour concerts in San Francisco, we were so lucky to have a free day in Jack Kerouac's city.
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!