Thursday (7/26) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Marcia Adair writes, “On its 69th and penultimate day of touring, the Olympic torch has been carried nearly 8,000 miles by sports heroes, pop stars, actors and thousands of everyday people. On Thursday, it was the turn of Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A white-clad Salonen carried the torch for the 330 yards along Cheapside from Gresham Street to Wood Street in the morning hours. … Just minutes earlier at 8:25 a.m., as a steady stream of city workers made their way out of St Paul’s tube station, a flatbed truck had pulled up and men in yellow high-visibility jackets lined the intersection of St Martins-le-Grand and Cheapside with metal crowd-control barriers. In due course, a crowd came. … The crowd cheered as he passed, not because of what Salonen represented or the pleasure of making noise, but, it seemed to him rather sweetly, out of genuine excitement. ‘It says something about the basic joy of the Olympic spirit,’ said Salonen.” Watch video of Salonen with the torch on SymphonyNOW.
Posted July 27, 2012