Gustavo Dudamel’s first season

    Gust­avo Du­damel has just com­pleted his first sea­son as mu­sic dir­ect­or of the Los Angeles Phil­har­mon­ic. The 29-year-old con­duct­or ar­rived in Oc­to­ber to deaf­en­ing fan­fare and a me­dia blitz. The sea­son also saw Du­damel par­ti­cip­ate in his first tour with the or­ches­tra that in­cluded stops in eight cit­ies across the coun­try.

    Here’s a look back at some of the high points of the sea­son. And if you’re already feel­ing with­draw­al symp­toms, don’t worry — Du­damel is set to ap­pear in a hand­ful of con­certs as part of the Hol­ly­wood Bowl lineup this sum­mer.

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    Oct. 3, 2009

    Dudamel received a hero’s welcome with a free concert at the Hollywood Bowl that included performances by the YOLA Expo Centre Youth Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic. Fireworks spelled out the words “¡Bienvenido Dudamel!’ as the final sections of the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony echoed over the enthusiastic crowds.

    Oct. 8, 2009

    Dudamel led the L.A. Philharmonic in the season opener at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The performance featured the debut of John Adams’ ‘City Noir’ (which was commissioned by the orchestra) as well as Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

    Nov. 5, 2009

    Dudamel conducted four performances of Verdi’s Requiem, a piece that was still relatively new to the young maestro. The concert included the L.A. Master Chorale and four vocal soloists.

    Nov. 27, 2009

    For his first festival as music director of the L.A. Philharmonic, Dudamel led a series of concerts in the orchestra’s celebration of California’s unique place in music history. The event, which was curated by John Adams, featured contemporary pieces with strong connections to West Coast culture.

    April 22, 2010

    Dudamel conducted a series of concerts that included performances of Antonio Estévez’s ‘Cantata Criolla,’ a 35-minute piece that is considered a national treasure in the conductor’s native Venezuela.

    May 6, 2010

    The conductor suffered a pulled neck muscle during an evening performance at Disney Hall. Under doctor’s orders, he underwent medical tests but was back on the podium the following morning to lead a matinee concert.

    May 10 – May 22, 2010

    Dudamel concluded the current season with an eight-city U.S. tour with the L.A. Philharmonic, with stops including San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York. Next up: the Hollywood Bowl season.

    Published: March 31, 2010
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