Church Keyboard Center Provides Rodgers Organ for Los Angeles Philharmonic Performance of Mahler 8th Symphony

Left to right: Philip Smith, Walt Disney Concert Hall organ curator; Pablo Castallanosa, organist; Nelson Dodge, Church Keyboard Center president

Left to right: Philip Smith, Walt Disney Concert Hall organ curator; Pablo Castallanosa, organist; Nelson Dodge, Church Keyboard Center president

All the musicians on stage ready for the first rehearsal of Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Shrine Auditorium

A Rodgers 3-manual 56-stop console was used for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s  performance of the Mahler 8th Symphony at the Shrine Auditorium on February 4, 2012.  Under the direction of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, combined with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra from Venezuela and a chorus of over 800 singers, made Los Angeles history with 1,000+ musicians on a vast stage that was specially designed and built for the concert.

The 20,000-watt house sound system was used exclusively to amplify the organ and generate sufficient sound to adequately fill the 6,300-seat  auditorium and literally shake the building.

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