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Grammy Museum adds Gustavo Dudamel artifacts

February 21, 2013|By Reed Johnson
  • The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Gustavo Dudamel in action.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Gustavo Dudamel in action. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)

Alas, there won't be any locks of Gustavo Dudamel's legendary hair in the exhibition "Enduring Traditions" at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.

But the black-tie tails that the Venezuelan conductor wore at his inaugural gala concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic are on display in an exhibition that opened this week.

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So is Dudamel's copy of the original score of California composer John Adams' landmark symphonic work "City Noir" (complete with markings), photos of some of Dudamel's memorable performances, and a paper violin given to him by the first class of students participating in the Phil-sponsored Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) music-education program.

That last item has particular significance for Dudamel, who is himself the product of Venezuela's national music-education system, El Sistema. He started playing violin as a youngster in the Venezuelan city of Barquisimeto, before taking up the conductor's baton and, eventually, the music director's job at the L.A. Phil.

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