One of the brightest guitarists of his generation, Matthew Stevens will soon be releasing his debut album on Concord Records. Over the past decade he has performed and recorded with some of contemporary music’s finest musicians, including Christian Scott, Victor Bailey, Jason Moran, Rodney Holmes, Ben Williams, Jeff Lorber, Jacky Terrasson, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Sean Jones, Dave Samuels, Walter Smith III, Terri Lyne Carrington, Harvey Mason and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Recently completing a run of The Death of Klinghoffer as Molqi with Long Beach Opera, Alex Richardson returns to the west coast in his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut. A former Tanglewood Institute Fellow, Mr. Richardson sang last month with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in their presentation of Salome under the baton of Andris Nelsons.

Reflections from NYC

Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason.

I lived in New York on-and-off back in 2007-2008. I had such a great time there, and I really love the city. I went to Avery Fisher Hall every now and again, and one of those times was actually to see and hear the LA Phil. They were touring with Esa-Pekka, and I was extremely impressed. Never did I think that I would be a part of an LA Phil tour only a few years later. So the concert last Monday had special poignancy for me. I am so grateful to everyone at the LA Phil for showing me the trust of taking Blow bright on tour. Working with Gustavo and the orchestra has been such a joy, and I was thrilled to join them in New York.

I wish the orchestra and Gustavo great success for the rest of the tour. See you in LA!

- Daníel

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Mindy Cabral is originally from Thousand Oaks, CA. At age 16, Ms. Cabral was selected as a Discovery Artist with the New West Symphony and performed the Hummel Trumpet Concerto as a guest soloist. Ms. Cabral attended The Juilliard School and the University of Southern California (USC) earning a degree in Trumpet Performance. She has completed Orff Schulwerk Masters Level from Memphis University (MU) under Jos Wuytack (protege of Carl Orff). Ms.

Graham Miller has been an actor in Los Angeles for the past eleven years.  He has done many plays in the area including the Mark Taper Forum, Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and the Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara.  Along with theater he has done commercials for Toyota, Pizza Hut, Dunkin' Donuts, KFC and Dr.

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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