El Dude has arrived with an extremely eclectic LA Phil program which will be followed by our annual gala (which we are not calling a gala). It is “Celebration Gustavo!” chaired by Marsha Anderson. Thanks, Marsha! Thanks also to Deborah Borda, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and Elizabeth Segerstrom for being our honorary chairs.
All would appear well, despite the doom and gloom that pervades the media with dour reports of declining attendance, funding and recording sales. All of this may be true, but it seems like there is always a battle going on. I love Charles Rosen’s take on it. He says, “The death of classical music is perhaps classical music’s oldest tradition.” It has never been easy but it is always worth it. When we can bring together such superior talent, generous supporters and ardent audiences, it is a cause to celebrate. Thank you, one and all.