Gustavo Dudamel makes his first foray into composing for film with the major feature The Liberator (the life of Simón Bolívar), for which he wrote the score and recorded it with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Deutsche Grammophon releases the album in the United States and Venezuela this July, with further releases worldwide in the coming months.
Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, in his fifth summer season at the Hollywood Bowl, conducts an all-Beethoven evening; leads a one-night-only double-bill of Italian opera, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci; and brings together music from both sides of the hemisphere in his signature festival, Americas & Americans.
On July 22 & 24, Dudamel is joined by a trio of French musicians – Renaud Capuçon, violin; Gautier Capuçon, cello; and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano – for “All-Star Beethoven,” opening with the composer’s Triple Concerto, and concluding with Symphony No. 5.
Gustavo continues to share his lifelong passion for opera with a special night of Italian masterpieces, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, July 27. The Los Angeles Philharmonic is joined by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and a stellar cast that includes Michelle DeYoung, Julianna Di Giacomo, Christopher Maltman, Nancy Maultsby, Lucas Meachem, Tamara Mumford, Stuart Neill, and Christopher Tiesi.
Americas & Americans, a festival first presented during Dudamel’s inaugural 2009/10 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall and revived at the Bowl in 2012, exemplifies his vision of one American culture across continents. Latin-jazz and salsa singer Rubén Blades joins Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Tuesday, July 29, in a program that includes orchestral dances as well as selections from Blades’s career.
Turning an eye towards cinematic music, the Americas & Americans festival concludes July 31 with Noche De Cine, celebrating film composers from North and South America, with a special guest performance by Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, Amores perros, The Motorcycle Diaries) and a suite from Dudamel’s own score to Libertador. The program also includes a suite from McCreary’s Battlestar Galactica; Romer/Zeitlin’s “Once There Was a Hushpuppy” from Beasts of the Southern Wild, a suite from Newman’s Angels in America, and music from Kauderer’s The Secret In Their Eyes.
Following concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the orchestra’s home and across Europe, Gustavo Dudamel returns to Latin America this July to lead the Sinfónica Simón Bolívar on tour in Colombia and Brazil. The Venezuelan conductor and the orchestra perform Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo in Bogotá on July 3, Sala São Paulo in São Paulo on July 7, and Theatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro on July 10–just three days before the city hosts the World Cup final.
In São Paulo, Gustavo and the Sinfónica Simón Bolívar present a second concert on July 6, with a program comprising Carreño’s Margariteña, Villa-Lobos’s Bachiana Brasileira No. 2, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.
Gustavo Dudamel joins fellow composers Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams on Monday, July 21 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer” at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles. In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.
Gustavo Dudamel made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar. The film was screened in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released in Venezuela on July 24. The score for the film was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and the soundtrack will be released by Deutsche Grammophon.
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil perform the Suite from Libertador at the Hollywood Bowl on July 29, as part of Americas & Americans Festival Noche de Cine, which will also include Santaolalla’s Suite from The Motorcycle Diaries. Program and concert details here.
Gustavo Dudamel returns to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker for the second time this season June 12, 13 and 14, leading a program comprising Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 3 and Harrison Birtwistle’s Dinah and Nick’s Love Song. Mahler’s Third Symphony features mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger, the ladies of the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin.
Audiences worldwide can enjoy Gustavo’s performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker streaming live in the Digital Concert Hall on Friday, June 13. Click here for ticket details.
The Venezuelan conductor’s appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker anticipate their European tour together later this June. Gustavo leads the orchestra on tour at the Reithalle Landgestüt in Redefin (June 21), Teatro Filarmonico in Verona (June 23), Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera in Florence (June 24), Waldbühne Berlin (June 27), and St. Goarshausen in Loreley-Freilichtbühne (June 28).
Beginning this week, the music of Mozart takes center stage in Gustavo Dudamel’s performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In concerts on May 15 & 16, Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Symphony No. 36, “Linz,” frame Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, featuring guest soloist Joshua Bell.
From May 23 to 31, Gustavo conducts the LA Phil in Così fan tutte, the finale to Gustavo and the orchestra’s Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy. The creative team features staging by Christopher Alden, set design by Zaha Hadid Architects, and costumes by Hussein Chalayan.
To round out their 2013/14 season together, Gustavo and the LA Phil reprise Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony alongside Ravel’s Piano Concerto with Hélène Grimaud (May 30 & June 1). Mozart’s Serenata Notturna opens the June 1 performance.
This week Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Venezuelan-born cellist/composer Paul Desenne’s Sinfonía Burocratica ed’Amazzonica alongside works by Ravel and Prokofiev in concerts May 8 to 10. Ravel’s Valse nobles et sentimentales and La valse frame Desenne’s tropical symphony in five movements and Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto, featuring guest pianist Lang Lang.
Looking ahead, violinist Joshua Bell joins Gustavo and the LA Phil for Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in a program that also includes Mozart’s Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio and Symphony No. 36, “Linz.” The concerts, which take place May 15 & 16, anticipate Così fan tutte, which comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall later this month as the finale to Gustavo and the LA Phil’s Mozart/Da Ponte Triology.
Following European tours with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Göteborgs Symfoniker, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel returns to the United States to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo begins his month of concerts with the American orchestra this week, conducting pianist Emanuel Ax in Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto on May 1, 2 and 3 and the world premiere of Andrew Norman’s Release (except Friday), a work for piano and orchestra. Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture kicks off the program.
Looking ahead, Gustavo and the LA Phil are joined this month by notable guest soloists including Lang Lang, Hélène Grimaud, and Joshua Bell. From May 23 to 31, Gustavo and the LA Phil present Così fan tutte, the third installment of their Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy. Discover more here.
This week Gustavo Dudamel returns to the podium of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra as its Honorary Conductor for concerts in the orchestra’s home city and a tour to France, Switzerland, and Italy. The Venezuelan conductor leads a program of Strauss’s tone poem Till Eulenspiegel, Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague,” and Sibelius’s Second Symphony. Following their concerts in Gothenburg (April 16 & 17), Gustavo and the orchestra embark on their tour to Aix-en-Provence (April 20), Udine (April 22), Lugano (April 23), Perugia (April 24), Brescia (April 25), and Bergamo (April 26). In Lugano, Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel is replaced by Sibelius’s The Swan of Tuonela.
This spring Gustavo Dudamel tours Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The Venezuelan conductor leads the Bavarian orchestra in a program featuring two masterworks: Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, “Pastoral,” and Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps. Opening April 6 in Lisbon, the April tour takes Gustavo and the ensemble to Oviedo (April 7), Zaragoza (April 8), Barcelona (April 9), before concluding in Lucerne (April 11).
Later this month, Gustavo joins the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra as its Honorary Conductor for performances at the orchestra’s home in Sweden and on tour in France, Switzerland, and Italy. Gustavo and the GSO present Strauss’s tone poem Till Eulenspiegel, Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D Major, “Prague,” and Sibelius’s Second Symphony for their April concerts together in Gothenburg (April 16 & 17), Udine (April 22), Lugano (April 23), Perugia (April 24), Brescia (April 25), and Bergamo (April 26).
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