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Watch the Walt Disney Concert Hall Get Prepped for "Mahler Project" Rehearsal

In the February issue we tell you about “The Mahler Project,” the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s ambitious, nine-symphony program currently underway and culminating at the Shrine Auditorium on February 4, when more than 1,000 musicians will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 8.

It will certainly be something to hear—and see.

So how does a group so large rehearse for the big (big!) day? Not easily, and with a lot of help from stage hands.

This time-lapse video, set to Mahler's music and captured over five hours last Thursday and Friday by the L.A.-based production company Vanishing Angle, shows some of the preparation work that went into a rehearsal for the LA Phil and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela at Walt Disney Concert Hall. They’ll be joined by 16 choirs at the Shrine.

Has practicing a production ever been such a production?

Above: Stage construction at the Shrine Auditorium. Photograph by Lisa Bellamore.