Go For The Gustavo!

dudamel_1_lowHailed as one of the most exciting and compelling conductors in today’s classical musicverse, there’s been something of a rockstar-level hype being built around 28-year-old Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, whose inaugural season as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s musical director begins this fall.

Some months ago it was announced that a special event at the Hollywood Bowl to kick off his tenure and welcome the baton-twirling lad to town was in the works — and that the tickets to it were to be free to the public. But it was only in the last couple weeks or so that the details of the unprecedented October 3 “Bienvenido Gustavo!” concert celebration were released, and it looks like it’s gonna be awesome:

Here’s the scheduled line-up for the estimated 4.5-hour affair beginning at 4 p.m.:

  • Andrae Crouch with an all-ages gospel choir
  • Flea with the Silver Lake Conservatory Ensemble
  • Herbie Hancock with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Band
  • David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal with Los Cenzontles
  • Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez
  • YOLA – EXPO Center Youth Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
  • Fireworks!

After the jump are the three options to procure tickets (maximum of 4 per person), which become available this Saturday, August 1, beginning at noon.

Basically, the avenues to score admittance aren’t anything new: in person at the Hollywood Bowl box office, the L.A. Phil by phone at 323/850-2000 or online via this Ticketbastard link. But what might catch you off guard is the demand. Not only is this a unique event, but free tix (other than the infernal “service” fees if you go the online or phone route) might bring people out who might otherwise not think twice about going to a classical music concert. And well shit, Flea’s gonna be there. And fireworks!

3 Replies to “Go For The Gustavo!”

  1. Every print ad I’ve seen for this event says tickets are available Saturday at noon, but that link to the TicketBastard page says they’re available at 10:00am. Not sure which is true, but I would expect that whenever they become available they will sell out fast. Anyone who wants them would be well advised to try to get them at 10:00, just in case. If they don’t release ’til noon, nothing lost; if they actually release at 10:00am, I’d expect them to be gone by noon.

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