There’s A New Dude In Town

I had the good fortune to attend the landmark “Bienvenido Gustavo!” event at the Bowl Saturday, and it was everything I’d hoped it would be: a once-in-a-lifetime exuberant and unifying celebration of the musical arts and creative spirit that truly bookmarked an historic page in the cultural catalog of Los Angeles.

I felt nothing short of privileged to be there as Gustavo Dudamel officially lifted his baton for the first time as the L.A. Philharmonic’s musical director, and I exulted in as complete and invogorating a presentation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony the likes of which I’m pretty sure I’ll never see again, at least not until the DVD’s released — or after 11 a.m. today when the on-demand webcast gets yanked from the L.A. Phil website.

So if your Monday morning’s schedule allows it, check it out here. Pure and simple: It is superb and glorious.

One thought on “There’s A New Dude In Town”

  1. Oh, I so wish I could have been there – looks like it was amazing! Will have to make it to Disney Hall to see him in person. And how lovely that so many people are excited about this – gets people going back to the symphony (or starting to go, for that matter). Bravo indeed.

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