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GUSTAVO DUDAMEL BEGINS 2009/10 INAUGURAL SEASON WITH ¡BIENVENIDO GUSTAVO!
ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ, ANDRAE CROUCH, FLEA, HERBIE HANCOCK, DAVID HIDALGO and TAJ MAHAL SCHEDULED TO PERFORM WITH LOCAL YOUTH ENSEMBLES
FESTIVAL CULMINATES WITH GUSTAVO DUDAMEL LEADING THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY
Four years ago (September 13, 2005), Gustavo Dudamel made his U.S. debut at the Hollywood Bowl. Now, he makes his first appearance as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for ¡Bienvenido Gustavo!, a Target® Free Community Concert at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, on Saturday, October 3, 2009. This unprecedented event celebrates the arrival of GUSTAVO DUDAMEL at his new home, the vibrant city of Los Angeles, as well as his life journey from a child in Venezuela to Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It is a journey that reflects the potential of many of Los Angeles’ own youth. ¡Bienvenido Gustavo! draws on the many cultures and musical traditions of Los Angeles to create a tapestry of the community.
For this special event, an all-star Artistic Advisory Panel was created to seek out L.A.’s professional and amateur musical groups of diverse genres to perform during the free ¡Bienvenido Gustavo! musical event. Renowned film composer John Williams chairs the panel which includes the inimitable Quincy Jones, Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes, and L.A. native Ben Harper.
The first half of the program showcases artists from varied genres and generations, featuring young local ensembles, rising stars and established names who have served as role models for the next generation of musicians in their communities. The line-up features Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez; Andrae Crouch with an all-ages gospel choir; Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) with the Silverlake Conservatory Ensemble; Herbie Hancock with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Band; David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal with Los Cenzontles.
These performances are followed by YOLA - The EXPO Center Youth Orchestra, led by Dudamel in his first public appearance with the ensemble, in a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” YOLA - The EXPO Center Youth Orchestra, the first project of Youth Orchestra LA, makes its Hollywood Bowl debut at this special event. YOLA is the LA Phil’s initiative to build, with community partners, youth orchestras in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles. YOLA is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system that nurtured Gustavo Dudamel. YOLA - The EXPO Center Youth Orchestra began in the fall of 2007, and currently serves over 200 students, ages 7 – 16, each of whom receive free instruments and lessons, and who are committed to playing together as an orchestra.
¡Bienvenido Gustavo! culminates with the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, joined by both professional and amateur choruses from across Los Angeles. Soloists will be announced later.
Gates open at 3 p.m.
Approximately 4 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. (Each artist will perform approximately a 20 minute set.)
Cuban Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez
Andrae Crouch with an all-ages gospel choir
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) with the Silverlake Conservatory Ensemble
Herbie Hancock with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Band
David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal with Los Cenzontles
Approximately 6:20 p.m. – 6:27 p.m.
YOLA - The EXPO Center Youth Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
Intermission 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Approximately 7 p.m. – 8:15/8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Soloists to be announced.
Tickets for ¡Bienvenido Gustavo! are available beginning Saturday, August 1, 2009, at 12 p.m. in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office, 12 – 6 p.m., Tues. – Sun., online at LAPhil.com/Bienvenido, by phone at 323.850.2000, and through Ticketmaster. Admission is free, thanks to Target. Service charges apply via all sales channels except in person at the Box Office. Four ticket limit per person.Source (Information/photo): LA Philharmonic Orchestra
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