This post is part 2 of 3 in the series Systems thinking for a symphony of a thou­sand.

The stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall usually holds around 100 musi­cians. It can handle a lot more. Here’s how the crew makes it happen for a combined LA Philharmonic/Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela rehearsal of over 300 musi­cians. There’s far more to setting the stage than simply throwing up a few music stands and some extra chairs.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thou­sand is rarely performed with 1000+ musi­cians. Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s 8th with 2 orches­tras and 16 choirs on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Shrine Audi­to­rium. Then the LA Phil’s Mahler Project moves to Caracas. Mahler 8th in Caracas will be broad­cast live in U.S. and Canada movie theaters on Saturday, February 18, 2012 with an encore showing in select theaters on Wednesday, February 29.