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).
This Saturday, March 22, the Longy School of Music of Bard College will honor Gustavo Dudamel with the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. The award will be presented by Longy President Karen Zorn after the “Sistema Side by Side” orchestra open rehearsal—a highlight of Gustavo and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014 North American tour. Bernstein’s daughter, writer and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein, will be present to highlight the relationship of Gustavo's career as artist and advocate for El Sistema in relation to her father’s artistry and legacy of accessibility to arts education.
The Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society was authorized by the Bernstein family and established by Longy in 2000, and has celebrated great artists such as Eileen Farrell, Marilyn Horne, Leonard Slatkin, Mark Morris, Leon Botstein and Gunther Schuller. The honor recognizes an artistic leader whose life has been dedicated to inspiring and enriching lives through music. On Saturday, Gustavo will lead the “Sistema Side by Side” orchestra, comprised of 60 children from Sistema programs in Massachusets, members of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, and 10 musicians from Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).
A limited number of free tickets are available to the public on a first-come basis on the day of the performance. Tickets can also be purchased. Details here.
This past weekend in New York City, Gustavo Dudamel sat down with American composer John Adams for a Times Talk to discuss the newly released, world premiere recording of The Gospel According to the Other Mary. During the conversation moderated by New York Times reporter Michael Cooper, Gustavo talks about the new Deutsche Grammophon album, the "present-future" in Los Angeles with the LA Phil, the current situation in Venezuela, and the power of music in society.
Today Deutsche Grammophon releases John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary—an epic, timely reimagining of the great oratorios of Bach. The live recording sees Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale, and soloists Kelley O’Connor, Tamara Mumford and Russell Thomas.
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Based on a libretto compiled by Peter Sellars, The Gospel According to the Other Mary recounts Christ’s Last Supper and crucifixion, drawing on texts by Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, Primo Levi, Rosario Castellanos, June Jordan, Hildegard von Bingen and Rubén Darío in addition to Old and New Testament sources focusing on oft-neglected voices in the Passion, including those of Martha (sister of Lazarus) and Mary Magdalene. The resulting tableaux, highlighting the sorrow and courage of these women, set Biblical characters and events in a deeply moving, contemporary light.
Following an 11-day TchaikovskyFest - an exploration of the Russian composer with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Brahms’s Second Symphony and John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 on March 6, 7, 8 & 9.
The concerts anticipate the orchestra and its Music Director’s forthcoming North American tour, which kicks off next Tuesday, March 11 in San Francisco. In addition to Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 and Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1, Gustavo and the LA Phil’s repertoire will include Daniél Bjarnasson’s Blow Bright (recently premiered by Gustavo and the LA Phil in December 2013), Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with guest soloist Yuja Wang, and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Gustavo and the LA Phil can be heard at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall (March 11 & 12), Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (March 14), New York’s Avery Fisher Hall (March 16 & 17), Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (March 18), Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall (March 19), Montreal’s La Maison Symphonique (March 20), and Boston's Symphony Hall (March 23).
From February 20 to March 2, 2014, Gustavo Dudamel conducts both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in TchaikovskyFest – an exploration of the Russian composer. TchaikovskyFest encompasses performances of the six symphonies and selected tone poems, and also features community and education events with Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA), including the TAKE A STAND symposium, which will examine best practices, lessons learned and future directions of music education. TchaikovskyFest culminates in a joint performance of the two orchestras on March 2 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
“It is always a joy to bring the LA Phil and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela together,” says Gustavo. “They are my musical families, and over the years, we have become one family. With our continuing adventurous collaborations, something very special happens when we are together. It is almost as if the music becomes more alive, more powerful.”
Music Director Gustavo Dudamel today joined President and CEO Deborah Borda in announcing the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2014/15 season, the Venezuelan conductor's sixth at the helm of the orchestra.
“The new season holds so many treasures for me,” said Gustavo, “most particularly the collaborations with such a diverse array of artists and composers. Many old friends are returning, and many new ones are arriving, particularly within the Contemporary Americans festival. My love of Spanish music will be shared in a program of music by Falla and Rodrigo, which I will conduct in Walt Disney Concert Hall for the first time. I am excited to bring back City Noir from our great family member John Adams – it has a very special meaning for me as it was part of my inaugural LA Philharmonic performances as Music Director. What makes the Los Angeles Philharmonic so different and distinctive is the great repertoire that we perform from across the centuries, combining the old with the new. This season, I will be conducting 6 new commissions, 5 of which will be world premieres – together we are creating a rich musical heritage for the future. The sense of the adventure is what makes the Los Angeles Philharmonic so unique and special to me.”
Sharing the stage with Gustavo next season are So Percussion, Cameron Carpenter, Gautier Capuçon, Yefim Bronfman, Gerald Finley, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Roomful of Teeth, and the Calder Quartet, among many others. In addition, Gustavo premieres works by David Lang (Bang on a Can), Stephen Hartke, Kaija Saariaho, Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass and Steven Mackey. The Venezuelan conductor also joins Leif Ove Andsnes for the conclusion of their three-year cycle of Beethoven’s music for piano and orchestra. In addition, Gustavo celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ with the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s “Organ” Symphony and welcomes Siudy Garrido Ballet Flamenco for a special program that celebrates Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and the art of flamenco.
At the LA Phil next season, Gustavo inaugurates the NEXT ON GRAND: Contemporary Americans festival, which will focus on the music of American composers both established and in-the-making. And in celebration of the Music Center’s 50th anniversary, Gustavo will conduct a performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Helix from Walt Disney Concert Hall, with, for the very first time, the music being relayed live to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where it will accompany a world premiere presentation from LA Dance Project.
In the spring of 2015, Gustavo and the LA Phil will embark on their first tour to Asia together. In addition to Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, the tour program will include City Noir, which was commissioned by the LA Phil from Creative Chair John Adams for Gustavo’s inaugural gala in October 2009. The 2015 Asia tour will visit Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo.
This summer, Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel returns to the Hollywood Bowl, leading music from across the continents with the return of the Americas & Americans Festival; an all-Beethoven program; and, a double-bill of Italian opera: Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.
For his first Hollywood Bowl program of the summer, Gustavo - now in his fifth season as LA Phil Music Director - is joined by violinist Renaud Capuçon, cellist Gautier Capuçon, and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for an all-Beethoven program that opens with the composer’s Triple Concerto and concludes with Symphony No. 5 (July 22 & 24).
Americas & Americans, a festival first presented during Gustavo's inaugural 2009/10 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall and revived at the Bowl in 2012, exemplifies the Venezuelan conductor’s vision of one American culture across continents. To open his week, Gustavo conducts a special evening of song and dance (July 29, details forthcoming). Turning an eye towards the influence of cinematic music, Americas & Americans continues with Noche De Cine (July 31), celebrating film composers from North and South America including Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, Amores perros, The Motorcycle Diaries) and a suite from Gustavo's own score to Libertador.
Gustavo continues to share his lifelong passion for opera with a performance on July 27 of two Italian masterpieces, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci. The Los Angeles Philharmonic is joined by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and casts that include Stuart Neill, Michelle DeYoung, Julianna Di Giacomo, Christopher Maltman, Tamara Mumford and Susan Bickley.
Audiences worldwide can watch and listen live to Gustavo Dudamel conduct Berlioz's Requiem in a spectacular concert at the historic Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris. The performance, which brings together the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, will be broadcast online via ARTE Live Web on Wednesday, January 22 at 9:00pm CET / 3:30pm VET / 3:00pm Eastern / 12:00pm Pacific. The concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Claudio Abbado.
Access the webcast on ARTE Live Web here.
Gustavo and the Bolívar's Notre-Dame concert is part of their tour this month to France, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates; the tour kicked off January 19 at Paris's Salle Pleyel. On January 24, Gustavo conducts the Bolívars in the Orchestra's Middle East debut. Together they present an all-Tchaikovsky program comprising the Russian composer’s Fourth Symphony and his Fantasy Overtures to The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet at Muscat’s Royal Opera House.
Gustavo and the Orchestra cap off their tour on January 27 in Abu Dhabi at Emirates Palace Auditorium with performances of Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overtures to The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet, as well as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Paris, 20 January, 2014 — Gustavo Dudamel, who will be dedicating the January 22 (Wednesday) scheduled performance of the Berlioz Requiem (with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, ARTE Live Web, 9:00pm CET / 3:30pmVET / 3:00pm Eastern / 12:00pm Pacific) from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris to the memory of Maestro Abbado, stated:
“Claudio Abbado will always be part of the exalted group of geniuses in the history of the arts. His endless generosity and love touched me at a very early age and will be always one of the most valuable treasures in my life. It was not only me personally but more importantly our Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela that he embraced as his family. He gave to us his sincere love and his profound wisdom. On behalf of my colleagues and of Maestro Abreu, I would like to pay an eternal tribute to our beloved Maestro Abbado, with the faith that his spirit and his inspiration will be always with us.“
"Para mí Claudio Abbado será siempre parte de ese excelso grupo de Genios en la historia del Arte. Su infinita generosidad y amor que me tocaron desde mi plena juventud, serán siempre unos de los más valiosos tesoros que guardare en esta vida. No solamente a mi, sino para todo nuestro Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas y Coros Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela, el cual asumio como su familia y nos entrego su sincero amor y su infinita sabiduría. En nombre de mis compañeros, del Maestro José Antonio Abreu y del mío propio, hacemos eterno homenaje a nuestro amado Maestro Claudio Abbado, con la fé de que su alma e inspiración siempre permanezca entre nosotros. "
"Claudio Abbado per me è e sempre sarà parte di un gruppo unico di geni che sono entrati nella storia dell'arte. Porterò sempre con me, come uno dei tesori piu importanti che la vita mi ha regalato, la sua generosità infinita e il suo amore, che ho avuto la fortuna di conoscere quando ero ancora giovanissimo. Si unisce a me in questo sentimento l'intero Sistema Nazionale delle Orchestre e dei Cori Giovanili e Infantili del Venezuela, della cui famiglia il Maestro Abbado faceva parte e a cui aveva dedicato il suo amore sincero e la sua saggezza. A nome di tutti i miei compagni musicisti del Sistema, a nome del Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu e a nome mio, rendo omaggio eterno al Maestro Abbado, certo che la sua anima e la sua ispirazione resteranno per sempre con noi."
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