December 13, 2013 |
Gustavo Dudamel is the dad of a son turning 3 in April, the husband of a classically trained ballet dancer, and a Tchaikovsky nut whose next big project will be a "TchaikovskyFest" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra in late February. This year also happens to be the first time he is in Los Angeles for concerts during the holiday season. It is no surprise, then, that Thursday night Dudamel warmed up his Tchaikovsky with the first of four performances of "The Nutcracker" at Walt Disney Concert Hall Thursday night.
December 2, 2013 |
With numerous high-profile projects already in various stages of design, including Facebook headquarters, Los Angeles' Grand Avenue and the President Eisenhower memorial in Washington, architect Frank Gehry has signed on to create a new performance space named for conductor Gustavo Dudamel in Venezuela. Gehry, who designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has been hired to envision a new facility that will include a concert hall, rehearsal studios and educational space, according to Dudamel's London manager.
October 11, 2013 |
When the boilerplate disclaimer, “Programs, dates and artists subject to change,” appears on a Los Angeles Philharmonic publication, be prepared to take it seriously. This seems to happen a lot in the Gustavo Dudamel era -- and the changes were especially convoluted in regard to this week's programming. So be patient as we sort them out. As originally announced, the U.S. premiere of Brett Dean's “The Last Days of Socrates” was to have taken place Thursday night, followed by three repeat performances.
October 7, 2013 |
BONN -- After a decade as general director of the Beethoven Festival, Ilona Schmiel answered her final curtain call Saturday night before moving on to a new job in Zurich. During her 10 years at the helm, Schmiel steered German's classical music festival it to higher stature and visibility, in no small part because of her advocacy of young talent, including the L.A. Philharmonic's Gustavo Dudamel. At a going-away reception after the final concert, Schmiel was feted by local officials including Bonn Mayor Jurgen Nimptsch and Chamber of Commerce head Wolfgang Griesl, who thanked her for stimulating the local economy as well as artistic sensibilities.
October 1, 2013 |
It looked on paper, with a few small exceptions, like an ordinary season-opening gala, the kind every major U.S. orchestra seems to practice these days - a jumble of Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Saint- Saëns favorites. The superstar soloist was Yo-Yo Ma, who flew in after having been guest last week for the New York Philharmonic's season-opening gala. Music director Gustavo Dudamel had jetted in himself practically at the last minute from performing in Japan. But Walt Disney Concert Hall is not paper.
September 20, 2013 |
David C. Bohnett, an Internet technology entrepreneur and busy philanthropist, serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and his own eponymous foundation. The L.A. Phil board chairman for the last five years discussed his involvement with the orchestra since Walt Disney Concert Hall's opening a decade ago. How long have you served on the L.A. Phil board and why did you choose to work with them?