February 25, 2014 |
The civil unrest that has gripped Venezuela this month has swept up one of the country's key cultural figures -- Gustavo Dudamel, the renowned conductor and music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There have been calls in recent days for Dudamel to speak out against Venezuela's hard-line President Nicolas Maduro for cracking down on political dissenters who have taken to the streets in protest of the country's worsening economic and social conditions.
June 28, 2012 |
Gustavo Dudamel, 31, seems practically middle-aged compared to Jose Angel Salazar, a 14-year-old El Sistema student who has gained attention recently for his talent as a conductor. Salazar is the subject of a recent profile by Reuters that recounts his training in El Sistema,Venezuela's state-funded program that provides free music education to disadvantaged youth. The report states that Salazar is the youngest conductor in the country. Dudamel, who was also trained in El Sistema and is the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was in his early 20s when he started attracting international attention.
February 18, 2013 |
Classical conductors spend a lot of time on airplanes flying from one job to the next and are thus used to the frustrations that come with modern-day air travel. But for Gustavo Dudamel, a recent episode during a trip to Israel seems to have gone beyond the usual airport aggravations. Dudamel was recently in the Middle East for a guest conducting stint with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. According to Israel newspaper reports, the conductor was subjected to extended questioning at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport upon his arrival and at the time of his departure from Israel, separating from his Israeli Philharmonic escort.
August 30, 2012 |
Conducting titles at the world's top orchestras are often convoluted and mystifying. In the case of Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a newly announced leadership change is baffling even by classical standards. For five years, Gustavo Dudamel has led the Gothenburg Symphony as its principal conductor. With his term set to expire this year, the orchestra said on Thursday that Dudamel is stepping down from that position and is assuming the role of "honorary conductor. " The orchestra said it has named Kent Nagano as principal guest conductor and artistic advisor. Nagano's role as artistic advisor begins immediately, said the orchestra.
May 11, 2012 |
Gustavo Dudamel's hugely ambitious finishing kick to his 2011-12 Los Angeles Philharmonic season began Thursday night - but not quite as originally planned. The program was supposed to have been something quite different - a unified trilogy of Scandinavian and Baltic music - but Grieg and Sibelius were eventually dropped and in their places were two not-quite-mainstream Mozart compositions, the Adagio and Fugue K. 546 and “Posthorn Serenade.” Then, as of Tuesday, the Adagio and Fugue had been dropped, replaced by the presumably-easier-to-prepare Overture to “The Marriage Of Figaro.” Given the orchestra's looming production of “Don Giovanni” next week, this makes programming sense, turning May into Mozart Month at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
May 14, 2013 |
Not many people who aren't musicians can say they've been within a few feet of Los Angeles Philharmonic's music director Gustavo Dudamel while he's conducting a symphony. Over the last four years, Los Angeles Times staff photographer Lawrence K. Ho has captured Dudamel at about 45 concerts in Los Angeles , close enough that the young Venezuelan conductor could hear Ho's camera's shutter, if not for the blimp photographers use to mask the sound. A general assignment photographer at The Times for more than 25 years, Ho has extensive experience shooting the arts and especially classical music and dance performances.