Living in Los Angeles there are so many opportunities for discovering new and exciting activities. As a classical music fanatic and as an "Angelina", I am thrilled to have the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which has been around for almost a century, a few miles away from where I live.
I remember as a child taking a field trip to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the home of the LA Phil, and listening to live classical music for the first time. Being able to experience this from an early age allowed me to be more appreciative towards the arts, especially classical music, and all that it has to offer.
The LA Phil offers a series of concerts to the Los Angeles community and allows families to enjoy from many great musicians while creating new traditions. This year, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has started the Mahler Project designed in the hopes that audiences worldwide can experience and respond to this type of music.
The LA Phil and the Sim??n Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela have joined together in their efforts to accomplish the extraordinary. This time as they honor the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death, the audience will be able to experience this concert from the comfort of reclining seats at movie theaters near by. The Mahler Project concerts which are currently happening at the LA Phil, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, will also have an abroad special on February 18 broadcasted live from Caracas, Venezuela to your near by movie theater.
As 1,000 musicians share the stage both in Los Angeles and in Caracas, Venezuela to perform Mahler 8 "Symphony of a Thousand", the live broadcast will allow everyone to be immersed into the show. In addition to the performance, a live behind the scenes commentary and special footage from Caracas will be broadcasted. This special will feature both orchestras, the LA Phil and the Sim??n Bolivar Orchestra under the direction of Dudamel. This electrifying segment can be enjoyed at theaters in the United states making this an family friendly, comfortable and affordable experience.
"My love affair with Mahler started when I was a boy and was given a recording by my uncle. The first big symphonic piece I conducted at age 16 was Mahler's First Symphony. The works of Mahler have a very special place in my heart and to have my two families, the LA Phil and the Sim??n Bol?¡var Symphony Orchestra, perform the complete cycle in both L.A. and Caracas is, for me, a dream come true."
- Gustavo Dudamel