Dudamel Rocks!
By Angie Romero | 10/20/2009 - 16:02

I don’t agree with Venezuela’s politics (or Hugo Chavez’s antics, I should say) but I do tip my hat off to El Sistema, the government-subsidized music education program. The best thing to come out of there is 28-year-old Gustavo Dudamel, the newly minted Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel Receives Hero’s Welcome
By Grace Bastidas | 10/05/2009 - 14:16

Hailed as a rock star in the world of classical music, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel made his anticipated debut on Saturday as the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with a five-hour free concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The big welcome celebration was titled “Bienvenido Gustavo!” and it drew musicians such as jazz great Herbie Hancock and pianist Alfredo Rodríguez, along with celebs like Andy Garcia and Jack Black, who was blown away by the 28-year-old maestro.

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