I think it's a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra - especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling and building the same way for all the players to understand the music.
I think the atmosphere of a Prom concert can change your life, in the best way. It's so deep, the feeling you have there. The audience is so close, and there are so many of them, that you feel they are almost embracing you.
It's not that people don't like classical music. It's that they don't have the chance to understand and to experience it.
With an orchestra you are building citizens, better citizens for the community.
You have to believe that things will happen, you have to work and love what you're doing.
When people feel that something really special is happening on the stage, things change.
Going to a concert can sometimes be very difficult. It can be a long journey. There's the ticket prices. But when the music goes to the community - not the community coming to the concert - they say, 'Wow! I didn't know that this music was so amazing!'
Classical music in Venezuela is now something like a pop concert. You can see people screaming or crying because they don't have a ticket.
I love to travel, but sometimes it's nice to stay in one place.
I set out to create a means whereby music could be a way of vindicating the rights of the masses.
Whenever I listen to a children's orchestra, I learn. They feel everything, they enjoy everything, they have amazing energy.
My relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra brought me many times to London and I will always reflect positively on that early period of development with them - their patience, their warmth, their dedication.
A friend gave me a CD of the 'Pathetique' Symphony as a Christmas present. I went home, and I put on the CD expecting to listen to Tchaikovsky. But it started 'ta ta ta taaa.' It was too long for me. I didn't understand it at first, but then I fell in love, in love, in love.
I wanted to play my violin and have my musical expression through the instrument. But then I was really young when I had my first opportunity to conduct.
It's a small city where I have a lot of time to think. The orchestra and I have had a chance to connect very well in this time. I think of all the millions of people in Los Angles. There aren't that many millions of people in all of Sweden.
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