Gustavo Dudamel

Nas and Gustavo Dudamel Bring an Orchestral ‘Illmatic’ to Disney Hall: Concert Review

Click here to read the full article. What else is left to say about “Illmatic”? Nas’ 1994 debut has been included at or near the top of every credible “greatest hip-hop albums” list for as long as people have been compiling them. It’s inspired two books, countless scholarly essays, a play, and one feature-length documentary. Just last week it soundtracked an entire episode of Netflix’s “Ozark.” Nas has been performing the album’s nine tracks in their entirety off and on since 2011 – this reviewer has seen Nas nine times, and four of those shows included a full “Illmatic” runthrough...
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Ruth Leon recommends… Gustavo Dudamel Conquers the Opera de Paris

This charming, light-hearted concert is a celebration of Gustavo Dudamel’s appointment as Music Director of the Opera de Paris. It features an anthology of opera excerpts, inviting us to rediscover great arias, duets, ensembles, and musical interludes from a rich and eclectic repertoire in a truly exceptional performance. From...

La Philharmonic's Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Sf Symphony

Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, he of the curly mop and the incredibly dynamic presence on the podium, took over his current post from San Francisco Symphony maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2009 at the tender age of 28. Now he takes up the baton in Davies Hall for the first time in 14 years to lead Salonen's orchestra through two major pieces of the concert repertoire: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's weighty Symphony No. 38, the "Prague," and Gustav Mahler's famed Symphony No. 5, with its tender fourth movement Adagietto composed with his wife, Alma, in mind. But there is rockier, more thunderous terrain in its other four movements, as Mahler indicated in a letter to Alma after his first rehearsal of it: "Heavens, what is the public to make of this chaos in which new worlds are forever being engendered, only to crumble into ruin the next moment? What are they to say to this primeval music, this foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound, to these dancing stars, to these breathtaking, iridescent and flashing breakers?" Whew. Looks like the Dude has his work cut out for him. There are four performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $69-$225, are at or (415) 864-6000.
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Gustavo Dudamel documentary paints an off-key yet transfixing portrait

Gustavo Dudamel's transfixing talent is obvious throughout the documentary "¡Viva Maestro!," a compelling but incomplete look at the prodigious Venezuelan conductor. For all the gusto with which the floppy-haired virtuoso performs before a packed concert hall, Theodore Braun's film captures Dudamel at his most astute during decidedly less glamorous rehearsals.

‘¡Viva Maestro!’ Documentary Opening Today Explores Brilliant Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, “A Very, Very Rare Cat”

Click here to read the full article. Not since the late Leonard Bernstein has a conductor captured the imagination of the American public quite like Gustavo Dudamel. The Venezuelan-born phenom with the flashing baton and flying curls has been featured on 60 Minutes, profiled in The New Yorker, inspired a TV series (Mozart in the Jungle), and even been animated on The Simpsons (the surest sign of broad cultural penetration). The music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director of the Paris Opera is the subject of a new documentary, ¡Viva Maestro!, opening today in New York...