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This post is part 1 of 2 in the series Systems thinking for a symphony of a thousand.

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.

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 →


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