Alex Miller originally hails from Chicago. It was here he began his acting career in productions of Oliver and Mame at the Candlelight Theater. Alex studied in London at the Mountview Academy and holds a BA in Musical Theater. London credits include: Assassins, Nine, and West Side Story. His many credits at South Coast Repertory here in Los Angeles include A Year With Frog and Toad, The Emperor's New Clothes, and The Prince and the Pauper.

Bruce Weber is originally from Melrose, Massachusetts.  He has his Bachelor of the Arts degree in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Bruce then moved to Chicago where he danced for Giordano Dance Chicago and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has worked for Cirque du Soleil for 5 years working as a artist/dancer and dance captain for "Believe" in Las Vegas and "IRIS" in Hollywood.

Making Technicolor Waves Across North America

Gustavo Dudamel making waves in the Boston Globe's Arts section.

The LA Phil has packed up for LA and the reviews are in! Our North American Tour was a tremendous success. But don't take it from us ...

The Boston Globe's Jeremy Eichler really enjoyed the Phil's final concert, as "Making Waves at Symphony Hall" details. Eichler also had this to say about our orchestra itself:

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The Grand Finale: A Box-Office Hit in Boston!

Gustavo Dudamel makes his signature salute to the orchestra after Sunday's finale.

Despite coming down with a severe flu over the weekend, the LA Phil's Music Director Gustavo Dudamel soldiered on Sunday, leading the orchestra in a glorious final performance to a sold-out crowd inside Boston's Symphony Hall. Friends of the Phil in attendance included composer John Corigiliano, whose Symphony No. 1 was paired with Tchaikovsky's Fifth, and Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen, whose new series "Inside the Music" comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall this fall.

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Side by Side: Gustavo and YOLA in Boston

Gustavo Dudamel with YOLA students at Massachussetts Institute of Technology.

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles' (YOLA's) musical adventures continued throughout the group's action-packed Boston weekend! From touring Harvard to playing in an open rehearsal led by Gustavo Dudamel at MIT, these 10 talented students immersed themselves in academic life on the other coast.

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Mandolins Invade the Phil!

Guido Lamell and his mandolin on stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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Saving the Best for Last in Boston

Violinist Kristine Whitson with former professor James Buswell.

Well, we made it to Boston, our final tour destination. Our charter flight left snowy Montreal this morning behind schedule due to a complicated luggage glitch. It was handled with aplomb by our LA Phil managers, who have this sort of thing down to a science. After a lengthy de-icing and a wait on the runway, we were off.

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Youth Orchestra LA Takes Boston!

A 7 a.m. wake-up call didn't faze our 10 YOLA students on their first day in Boston! They jumped right in, with chamber music performances and sectionals at an El Sistema-inspired program in Chinatown: Boston String Academy

Heaven, 15, works with Boston String Academy cellos.

The group transferred over to Cambridge, where they spent lunch and the early afternoon at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Each YOLA group had a chance to work with Longy faculty and alumni, followed by cookies with the Conservatory's president, Karen Zorn. Karen provided wonderful advice for the college-minded YOLA students, explaining the nuances of different kinds of higher education. 

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Bonsoir de Montréal

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.

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"Un Triomphe" in Montreal & A Preview of Boston

Inside Montreal's belle Maison symphonique.

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." 

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