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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!
From Tuesday, March 11 to Sunday, March 23, our players will get glorious northern exposure in San Francisco, Kansas City, New York City, Washington, DC, Toronto, Montreal and Boston. Fans of the Phil can expect dispatches from orchestra and staff members chronicling their adventures onstage, behind the scenes and in random places along the way. (Perhaps airport busking will be involved?)
Other talented folk joining the traveling classical circus include composer John Corigliano, whose moving First Symphony is paired with Tchaikovsky's Fifth, and Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason, whose new work Blow bright shares a bill with both Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and powerhouse pianist Yuja Wang rocking out to the Rach 3.
LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams will meet Gustavo Dudamel in NYC for a "TimesTalks" conversation with "The Gray Lady's" Michael Cooper. While in Boston, Dudamel will lead an Open Rehearsal with 10 YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) students for the brainiacs over at MIT. Principal Trumpet Thomas Hooten helps mark the orchestra's first trip to Kansas City by teaching a masterclass at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the only other domestic concert hall to make the aforementioned CNN list.
Stay tuned for loads more highlights and daily updates on what promises to be a symphonic tour de force!