It's easy to assume that what you see is what you get - for example, even though we may know objectively that The Mahler Project is an enormous undertaking with many moving parts, that fact can sometimes be obscured or forgotten when we see the final product. Orchestra rehearses, orchestra plays - right?
Well...no. Take the upcoming Mahler 8, for example. We know it's referred to as Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand," and we know that Gustavo Dudamel is leading the LA Phil, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and around 800 other musicians in the performance on FEB 4 at LA's Shrine Auditorium and on FEB 18 at the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas - we know all that, but here's a question - where and how does such a massive ensemble rehearse?
The dedicated crew here at Walt Disney Concert Hall worked well into the night and first thing in the morning to get the WDCH stage ready for the combined orchestras. Luckily, Walt Disney Concert Hall is built to be flexible - it's a marvel, really - but LA Phil Production Director Paul Geller, Stage Managers Jeff Wallace and Jen Lakin, and the entire Walt Disney Concert Hall crew are putting on a bravura display of logistics in order to make sure these two orchestras and Gustavo are able to get the rehearsal time they need to pull off an unforgettable concert.
You can see their amazing work in the video above and you can read more about it in LA Magazine.