From LA Times: When the Los Angeles Phil­har­monic arrived back­stage at Caracas’ Teatro Teresa Carreno for its first rehearsal with chorus and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony Wednesday morning, the first reac­tion from many Ange­lenos was a gasp, a wow and a big smile. Then they whipped out their cameras.

A sea of tightly packed chil­dren and young singers rose to the roof. The offi­cial count was 1,207, but with that many, who’s counting? They were warming up, and it seemed as though the earth itself was singing solfège sylla­bles. The sound was primal. “I’m not sure I knew what I was getting into,” cracked the L.A. Phil’s long­time produc­tion director, Paul M. Geller. · Go to Even Gustavo Dudamel is wowed by huge Mahler rehearsal in Caracas →