Midwest Young Artists Directors Take Break in LA

Someone said the other day that the events we do in a week, other organizations would spend half a year planning, advertising and promoting.  We do have so much going on that it's a monumental job for Carl and the staff to communicate everything. In just the past month - Big Band at Midwest Band & Orchestra Conference, Symphony Orchestra Mall Concerts, Welcome Yule Concerts, Alumni Concert, Walgreens Concerto Competition, Conductors' Guild Workshop, reception for donors to our endowment, and a Music at the Fort Recital with Alums Gabe Medd, trumpet, and Adam Kromelow, piano.

Our first chance to go visit our grandsons was this week, so I'm going to be a typical grandmother (yes, I feel like one now) and post a photo.  Do you see any resemblance?  And there's another one that looks just like this!

Dr. D was also super excited to be able to listen to double LA Phil rehearsals yesterday.  Their music director, Gustavo Dudamel, was in town rehearsing for The Mahler Project.  From January 13 - February 18, the LA Phil and Simone Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela will perform all of Mahler's symphonies.   The performances will be repeated by both orchestras in Caracas, Venezuela, completing a collaboration to honor the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death.  And guess who's going along?  (Dr. D's grandsons!)

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