This post is part 1 of 3 in the series Systems thinking for a symphony of a thou­sand.

Chal­lenge
Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Phil­har­monic, is conducting a perfor­mance of Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony with 1000+ musi­cians, rarely performed with the masses called for by the composer.

Solu­tion
The Phil­har­monic has invited the two adult choirs at All Saints Church to partic­i­pate, which means Paul is prac­ticing his German to be less Texan, more München. For a thou­sand on the stage, it takes 16 choirs, 8 soloists, 2 orches­tras and 1 conductor.

Perfor­mance in Los Angeles:
Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Shrine Audi­to­rium. More info →
Perfor­mance in Caracas:
Saturday, February 18, 2012 broad­cast live in US and Canada movie theaters, with an encore showing in select theaters on Wednesday, February 29. More info →

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First rehearsal with 1000+. The arrow indi­cates where German is sung with a Texas twang.