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February 21, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
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. GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage |   Nomination snubs & surprises | Timeline | Red carpet | Video: Red carpet | Red carpet fashion So is Dudamel's copy of the original score of California composer John Adams' landmark symphonic work "City Noir" (complete with markings)
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March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
"Mozart in the Jungle" -- a satirical look at the classical-music world that stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a thinly veiled parody of conductor Gustavo Dudamel -- has been picked up by Amazon, the online retailer announced this week. The pilot episode of the racy comedy was released online earlier this year. In addition to "Mozart," Amazon Studios has picked up "The After," from "X-Files" veteran Chris Carter; "Transparent," a domestic comedy; and "Bosch," based on the novels by Michael Connelly.
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July 30, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
No city loves its stars quite like Los Angeles, and no star has felt that embrace more warmly in recent years than Gustavo Dudamel, artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The 29-year-old Venezuelan's first season wielding the baton here quite simply turned the town on its music-loving ear, and the love fest resumes this weekend with the first of three special performances at the Hollywood Bowl. On Sunday, he'll conduct a concert version of Bizet's "Carmen," with Natasha Petrinksy singing the title role.
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March 7, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
John Corigliano wrote his Symphony No. 1 in 1988 on a grand scale for an extravagant-sized orchestra. It is a multi-colored score containing a patchwork quilt of immense emotions. The composer didn't call it a war symphony, but that is what it is, an epic orchestral score for an epic tragedy, the AIDS epidemic. Audiences and orchestras, devastated by what the disease had wrought, understood. The symphony was needed, appreciated and widely played. The urgency of those times is receding into memory, and Corigliano's score is not so much heard any longer.
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June 28, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
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February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
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.
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February 18, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
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August 30, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
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March 8, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Times Music Critic
“Tell me,” Lazarus asks during the Last Supper Passover Seder in John Adams' “The Gospel According to the Other Mary,” "why is this night different from all other nights?” The answer for Gustavo Dudamel on Thursday night, when he conducted the premiere of the revised Passion oratorio at Walt Disney Concert Hall, would not be the traditional one about commemorating Moses leading the Jews from Egypt. Instead, on this momentous night, the young conductor would travel - physically, politically, spiritually and literally - from the world of César Chávez to that of Hugo Chávez.
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May 11, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell
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.
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February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
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.
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February 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's multifaceted TchaikovskyFest has thus far weathered political incident. That is to say, nothing happened Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall to land performances of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Second Symphony on the front page or in the international spotlight. The concert, performed by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (sharing the festival with the L.A. Phil) and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, did draw an assembly of demonstrators in front of Disney.
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February 19, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Wherever he goes, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel is hailed as a symbol of El Sistema, Venezuela's model music education program. But Tuesday Dudamel arrived in L.A. as the subject of criticism for not speaking out against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's policies. Just off the plane from Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, and sitting in his office at Walt Disney Concert Hall with an espresso and poring over a Wagner opera score, Dudamel gave his first interview about his situation at home.
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February 17, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CARACAS, Venezuela - An opposition leader being hunted by authorities on homicide charges announced plans to lead a protest march Tuesday and then turn himself in to police. Leopoldo Lopez, a former Caracas borough mayor, denies the criminal accusation made by President Nicolas Maduro, who is facing increasing criticism over his handling of the economy. The government is blaming Lopez and other opposition leaders for inciting violence among antigovernment marchers that left three dead and scores injured last week.
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February 14, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. Please see the For the Record and note at bottom.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Facing criticism in social media for his appearance with President Nicolas Maduro on the day that violent clashes across Venezuela left three dead, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel has defended his appearance, saying he and colleagues stand for “peace, love and unity.” Dudamel directed the Youth Orchestra of Lara on Wednesday with Maduro in attendance, the same day that violence between student demonstrators...
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February 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
We cannot escape Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. On Thursday, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with help from the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, begin an 11-day TchaikovskyFest at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include the Russian composer's six symphonies along with other orchestral and chamber works. But unlike other festivals - and especially the Mahler Project, Dudamel's concentrated traversal through nine symphonies with the L.A. Phil and his Bolívars two years ago - the TchaikovskyFest has no musical frame.
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May 14, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
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.
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October 7, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
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.
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February 14, 2014 | By David Ng
Gustavo Dudamel has found himself in the midst of a political debate in his native Venezuela over a recent concert he conducted that was attended by the country's controversial leader, President Nicolas Maduro. The Times' World Now blog reported Friday that Dudamel led a performance of the Youth Orchestra of Lara in the city of Maracay on Wednesday. Maduro, who was in the audience, is facing a national crisis following eruptions of violence in a number of cities, leaving three dead and many more injured.
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February 13, 2014 | By David Ng
If you missed Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in their Broadway outing last year in "Romeo and Juliet," and you won't be able to catch the upcoming, timed-for-Valentine's-Day broadcasts of the same stage production to cinemas across the nation, here's a third opportunity to catch the comely actors playing Shakespeare's tragic lovers. Bloom and Rashad will join Robert Sean Leonard in a concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include selections from Shakespeare plays that inspired Tchaikovsky.
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