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Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Gustavo walks onto the Barbican stage to start the final London performance of the LA Phil's 2013 tour.

Well, the London leg of the LA Phil's 2013 Tour is very nearly in the books. After the week the LA Phil has had - last night's European premiere of John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary; the three-day Future Play Symposium at the Barbican Centre that culminated in the rousing, moving Discover Dudamel event; and the first-ever Green Umbrella new music program played on foreign soil - a program that consists of favorites like Debussy's La mer and Stravinsky's The Firebird can feel downright comforting.

It's still work, though, and the musicians and staff that make up the tour can attest to that wholeheartedly. But when you get moments like friend of the Phil and Holllywood Bowl favorite Bramwell Tovey calling last night's performance of The Gospel an "#IwasThere event" on Twitter, maybe it feels like the work put into it was worth it. And, like Tovey suggests in his inimitable fashion, those who were there will remember it; those who weren't will long to have seen it; and those who put it together wish everyone else who made it happen could be there to share it.


LA Phil crew member Chris Duarte serendaes the assembled staff and crew with a snippet of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here from the Barbican stage.


It was a wowser! Vast array of dynamics, playing of togetherness. Pledase come back soon!

We wish we could have been there, too. We saw the first performance at Disney last year and were blown away then. I am so glad London audiences got to experience this marvelous work, performed by the fabulous musicians who know it best.