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Conductor James Gaffigan a bracing presence at Disney Hall
Conductor James Gaffigan a bracing presence at Disney Hall

James Gaffigan first appeared on my radar back in 2002 when he was one of four young conductors who took part in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Synergy project at USC, which sought to build relationships between the conductors and composers. He did not make his formal L.A. Phil debut until 2012, but by then, he had notable European posts in Lucerne, the Netherlands and Cologne, while guest-conducting all over the place. Now 35, Gaffigan has plenty of experience under his belt, and it showed in a dynamic, assured return appearance with the philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night. The musicians in the Phil looked and sounded as if they were responding with a...

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