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L.A. Phil throws a Mozart gala with Dudamel, Wang, Thibaudet and fly chocolate balls

Guidelines for an orchestra gala tend to go something like this: Be flashy. Show off the orchestra. Get Yo-Yo Ma as soloist. Keep it short. Dumb down. Remember that many paid generously for the posh party afterward. Ever the disrupter, the Los Angeles Philharmonic opened its season Tuesday night with an annual gala that this time featured but a chamber ...

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