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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Recent theatrical Lighting Designs include Waiting for Godot (Projection and Lighting), The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Harps and Angels at the Mark Taper Forum. LA Opera’s Jenufa, Don Giovani , La Boheme and the complete Ring Cycle (Projection and Lighting). For The Pasadena Playhouse - Sleepless in Seattle the Musical (Projection and Lighting), The Heiress and 12 Angry Men.  At A Noise Within – Drs. Dilemma, Eurydice (Projection).

Sneak Peek: Rach 3 Rehearsal

Check out a clip of what tonight's audience at San Francisco's Davies Hall can expect from Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil orchestra and pianist Yuja Wang. (Hint: It's going to RACH!)

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First Stop: A "Standing O" in San Fran!


The crowd on its feet after last night's concert inside San Francisco's Davies Hall.

The LA Phil's first stop along our North American Tour was a wild success! With San Francisco's gorgeous Davies Hall as the backdrop, Gustavo Dudamel and the orchestra brought the audience to its feet after stirring performances of John Corigliano's First Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Fifth.

Richard Scheinin's piece in the San Jose Mercury News applauded the LA Phil for unearthing Corigliano's "remarkable work, a 40-minute howl from the composer's soul that, criminally, is not often performed." 

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Richard Valitutto is a Los Angeles-based piano soloist, vocal accompanist, chamber musician, and composer.

Christopher Rountree is the 30-year-old artistic director, conductor and founder of the adventurous chamber group wild Up, a 24-piece orchestra that blends new music, classical repertoire, performance art and pop. Known for his lively conducting style, Rountree has been praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “infectious enthusiasm” and the New York Times for his “elegant clarity." Rountree's work has been featured on both coasts, in Time Out New York and the L.A. Times as “Best in Classical Music."

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