The LA Phil Plays Lincoln Center! (Part One)

Composer John Corigliano and Gustavo Dudamel offstage after Symphony No. 1.

The standing ovation following the LA Phil's Sunday afternoon concert was not the orchestra's first 2014 tour triumph, but it was our first (so far!) at New York's City's hallowed Lincoln Center.

As part of that great institution's "Great Performers" series, Gustavo Dudamel led the LA Phil in another moving performance of John Corigliano's First Symphony and a masterfully restrained take on Tchaikovsky's Fifth. (Cue the thundering applause.)

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From Cow Town to Cultural Hub: A Former KC Resident Takes Stock

TimesTalks: Gustavo Dudamel & John Adams

We just made it to the Big Apple! Our first order of business was a "TimesTalks" event led by New York Times classical music reporter Michael Cooper with Gustavo Dudamel and John Adams.

The LA Phil's performances are Sunday and Monday at Avery Fisher Hall.

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Thank You, Kansas City! It's Been Vivid!

A panoramic view of Friday night's cheering audience inside Helzberg Hall.

The LA Phil's first time at the Kauffman Center was a huge symphonic success! The crowd went wild for Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra, the program, and, last, but hardly least, the phenomenal Yuja Wang. Kansas City Star reporter Libby Hanssen also went a little wild for our "vivid" performance! (And for us in general.) 

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On Tour with the Orchestra: A Note from Northern California

Members of the LA Phil Board of Directors, musicians and friends at Darioush Winery.

The San Francisco part of the tour was great! Some 14 board members and their spouses traveled up the coast to enjoy the perfect weather and serve as the most enthusiastic fan club for our beloved LA Phil. We were all so proud of the audiences' incredible responses to our exciting programs, which involved such great new music alongside Tchaikovsky and Brahms. Yuja Wang was also amazing. Both concerts were sold out and received standing ovations.

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We're Ready for Our Kansas City Debut!

Tonight's performance inside Helzberg Hall marks the LA Phil's first-ever Kansas City concert! We're already loving it here ... And not just because of the BBQ special delivery.

"Very Special People" inside the LA Phil's K.C. buses.

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A Field Trip for the Orchestra

Walking up to Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and seeing the massive LA Phil semi-truck tour trailer takes my breath away.

That moment was nothing, though in comparison to hearing our remarkable orchestra perform to a packed house on Tuesday night. There is a palpable sense of excitement in the air when we are on tour, it's kind of like how much fun field trips were when we were in grade school. 

You're with your big group of friends in a new and fun place hearing and learning things for the first time!

Off now to our next stops. Can't wait for the concerts in NY and DC. 

- David Bohnett

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Orchestra Members on Tour: A San Fran Scrapbook

It's not all about the actual performances. Life on the road provides plenty of memorable photo ops! Check out this collection of snaps from the first leg of our North American tour.

Orchestra Personnel Manager Jeff Neville manages some cotton candy at a staff kick-off lunch.

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San Francisco Chronicles

Julien Beaudiment
à bicyclette in the city
of Jack Kerouac.

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.

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City by the Bay, We Salute You!

Gustavo Dudamel and members of the orchestra celebrate the SF finale.

We're 2 for 2 in San Francisco! The LA Phil's second night at Davies Hall yielded a second standing ovation from the audience after the orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang concluded Wednesday's program featuring Daníel Bjarnason's new work Blow Bright, Brahms' Second Symphony and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.

Orchestra and audience in a mutual salute after Wednesday night's performance.

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