LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel stands in front of the LA Phil's truck outside New York's Lincoln Center following the last performance of the LA Phil's 2013 Tour.
The stage platforms are struck, the instrument cases are packed and the big LA Phil truck is rolling back to Los Angeles.
Another tour is in the books and we think it's fair to say that this one has been successful. From London to Lucerne to Paris to New York, critics raved, audiences cheered and we at the LA Phil were once again reminded why we do what we do.
Led by our Music Director, we took a typically audacious set of programs on the road. We played programs that said, "This is who we are and this is what we think is important." And we brought the audiences along with us - audiences that may have been skeptical were won over, note by note, until they were standing at the end of the concerts. And, sometimes, even cheering DURING the concerts.
From The New York Times:
The formal protocols of classical music concerts that can make audiences feel uptight should be tossed out. And to his immense credit, Mr. Dudamel is drawing newcomers into concert halls. So if some listeners on Thursday could not help expressing their excitement, why not?
If spontaneous, excited applause isn't reason enough for an orchestra to go on tour, then we're not sure what is. Unless, of course, that reason is to share a passion of your organization with others - a passion that seeks to create the next generation of audiences who are so moved by music that they, too, stand and cheer.
To this end, we also took time during the tour to share, to educate and to talk. As in LA, we made youth music education a cornerstone of our tour and we worked with those who also care about music education to demonstrate our commitment to this worthiest of causes.
Suddenly, everything came into deadly focus; the jolted audience sat up in their seats and held their breath as Dudamel led the orchestra through a fast-paced dance, accentuating brassy accents, thrilling crescendos and melodies of bewitching beauty. When the dance came to an end, a large minority of the audience broke out into spontaneous applause and shouts of bravo, despite the fact that the music was continuing without a pause. I hardly think this was one of the times when an uninitiated audience mistakenly thinks the piece is over and it’s time to clap; I believe these people knew well enough that it is generally considered uncouth to applaud between pieces but they simply could not help reacting after the breathless rollercoaster ride Dudamel took them on.
Thank you - thank you London, thank you Lucerne, thank you Paris and thank you New York. Thank you, especially, Los Angeles for being such a great place to come home to, even after a tour filled with moments like these.