Maestro Dudamel completed his masterful Mahler cycle with a second helping of the majestic 8th symphony. The experience in the almost sold out Regal Theater at LA Live was overwhelming. This very large scale production was designed for power, and it delivered. Subtlety was not on the program. And in the case of the 8th, not necessary. Grand themes, grand scale, grand performances. While no one left the theater whistling any snappy Mahler tunes, all must have been impressed with this rare musical event. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed this special performance and thank my lucky stars I live in a place where I can see this inspiring artist conduct music in live performances.