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Dudamel gets an early leap

August 01, 2009|David Ng and Karen Wada

Not many major conductors could pull off the pose in this photo of Gustavo Dudamel, just released by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

But when it came time for a publicity shoot, the Phil's young incoming music director took time to bounce on a large trampoline in front of his new home, Walt Disney Concert Hall.

At the other side of the lens was Andrew Eccles, the New York-based commercial photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. (See this photo and a second one at www.latimes.com/culturemonster.) Eccles has shot many celebrities through the years.

He photographed Dudamel a little more than a year ago, said orchestra publicist Lisa Bellamore. She said the Philharmonic's marketing department commissioned the photos for use in promotional material, as well as in the press.

Dudamel will kick off his L.A. Phil's tenure with a free concert on Oct. 3 at the Hollywood Bowl. Ticket distribution starts today.

Expecting an "enthusiastic" public response for the five-hour "?Bienvenido Gustavo!" festival, the Phil said it will distribute wristbands to the first 250 people who arrive at the Bowl box office. The bands, which will be given out at 10 a.m., will guarantee holders a place in line -- but not necessarily seats for the show -- when tickets become available at noon.

Requests also can be made by calling the box office at (323) 850-2000, with a 75 cent-per-ticket charge. Ticketmaster will handle phone and online orders, and its service fees will apply.

As many as four tickets may be requested. Seating will be offered in all sections of the Bowl, which has a capacity of 17,400, except for the Pool Circle, which will be reserved for families of the Youth Orchestra L.A., which will be performing. A number of tickets will be set aside for community outreach efforts, donors and media.

The Philharmonic announced that on Saturday ticket-seekers can park for free in the Bowl's lots from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., after which the lots will be emptied and regular rates will apply. The box office usually shuts its windows about half an hour after the start of the evening show -- in this case, an 8:30 performance of "Guys and Dolls." Officials say they will try to serve everyone in line at closing time. Phones will be answered until 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, the box office will be open from noon to about half an hour after the start of the 7:30 p.m. show. Phones will be answered 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

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