I just took this photo of one of our two tour semi-trailers outside the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The tour has been fantastic so far, and our musicians have performed brilliantly in San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago and Nashville.
It was very exciting to walk into the imposing and impressive John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to pick up my ticket for tonight's sold out performance. The staff member who helped me at the box office was overwhelming in her praise for Gustavo and our orchestra, having seen last night's segment on 60 Minutes. She kept saying 'how great it is for the kids', and I couldn't agree more.
Earlier on the tour in Chicago, my hometown paper, The Hinsdale Doings, ran this fun 'Local Boy Makes Good' article, and it was great to hear from family and friends who read it.
I feel incredibly excited and honored to be accompanying Gustavo and our terrific orchestra on this history-making tour, and to connect up with fellow board members and patrons along the way. I'm off to the concert.
Chairman, LA Phil