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Gustavo Dudamel drops out of L.A. Phil's Green Umbrella concert

May 03, 2012|By Sherry Stern
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra performing Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, along with eight vocal soloists and 16 local choral groups at the Shrine Auditorium.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Venezuela's… (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)

Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel won't be conducting next week's Green Umbrella concert, as originally scheduled.

Dudamel has some heavy lifting for his upcoming set of concerts with the L.A. Phil and has withdrawn, according to the orchestra, "in order to devote sufficient time to preparations" for the world premiere of John Adams' evening-length work "The Gospel According to the Other Mary."

Taking the podium for Tuesday's concert will be Jeffrey Milarsky, who filled in last month for another Green Umbrella concert when Adams himself withdrew.

Milarsky is a senior lecturer in music at Columbia University, where he is the music director and conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra, and he often conducts for other contemporary music ensembles as well.

Tuesday's Green Umbrella concert is scheduled to include the world premiere of L.A. Phil principal timpanist Joseph Pereira’s Concerto for Percussion and Chamber Orchestra, an L.A. Phil commission. A new piece by Andy Akiho and Berio's Recital for Cathy are also on the program.

Dudamel now is set to return to the L.A. Phil podium May 10 for a dozen concerts, including “The Gospel According to the Other Mary" May 31-June 3.

Among his other performances, Dudamel will conduct the premiere of a new production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," with stage design by architect Frank Gehry.

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