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2012 Emmys: L.A. Phil program with Hancock, Dudamel is nominated

July 19, 2012|By Chris Barton
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts the L.A. Philharmonic in the 2011-12 season-opening concert, an all-Gershwin program, on Sept. 27.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the L.A. Philharmonic in the 2011-12 season-opening… (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)

While the city's television producers gleefully tally up the Emmy nominations earned for flagship shows such as "Breaking Bad"  and "Game of Thrones,"  the Los Angeles Philharmonic also has something to crow about.

An L.A. Phil program was nominated Thursday in the outstanding special class category, for the PBS broadcast of Herbie Hancock and Gustavo Dudamel joining in a concert to celebrate George Gershwin, which opened the 2011 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Airing under the banner of PBS' "Great Performances" series, the show was co-produced for broadcast by New York City's WNET and is going up against some stiff competition.

Also nominated in the category are Louis C.K.'s independently produced and distributed "Live at the Beacon Theater," along with a quartet of awards shows in telecasts of the Golden Globes, the Tonys, the Grammys and the Academy Awards. (What, no room for last year's Emmys?)

In a performance review that ran Sept. 28, L.A. Times music critic Mark Swed remarked that the concert was a "homegrown and homey affair" but ultimately felt the concert played it too safe. But who said critical acclaim was a barometer of future awards show success?


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