Following performances in Europe this fall, Gustavo Dudamel returns to Los Angeles to conduct the complete score to Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker with the LA Phil from December 12 to 15. Gustavo’s performances of this holiday touchstone will also include the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Explore concert details & purchase tickets here.
Gustavo and the LA Phil’s performances of Tchaikovsky’s music anticipate the forthcoming TchaikovskyFest, which sees performances of the Russian master’s complete symphonies and more by the LA Phil and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Explore the twelve-day festival here.
This week Gustavo Dudamel guest conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, leading performances of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony at London’s Royal Festival Hall (November 14) and at Birmingham Symphony Hall (November 15). Explore concert details and purchase tickets here.
Gustavo’s appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra will be followed by a return to the podium of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. On November 21, Gustavo conducts the German orchestra at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt in a concert that marks ten years since his first appearance with the ensemble.
On December 5, 6, and 7, Gustavo leads the Berlin Philharmonic in music by Stravinsky, Schubert, and Beethoven. Gustavo’s December 6 concert with the Berlin Philarmonic will be webcast live worldwide in the orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall. Details here.
Video: Three young conductors share the podium with Gustavo Dudamel as he rehearses Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the Allianz Conductor’s Academy.
This month Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will release their performance of Verdi’s Requiem on DVD and Blu-ray, the first release from the LA Phil and its Music Director at the Hollywood Bowl. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth, the DVD was recorded live on August 13 & 15, 2013 and features bass Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung, soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, directed by Grant Gershon. The DVD will also include a short, behind-the-scenes documentary.
“Gustavo Dudamel puts an intimate flourish on Verdi’s Requiem,” said the Los Angeles Times about the performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. “A page was turned and a new chapter begun in the maturation of a music director.”
The DVD and Blu-ray will be released internationally on November 17 and on C Major Entertainment, distributed in the USA by Naxos of America, on November 19, 2013.
Following his concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic celebrating the Vienna Konzerthaus's centennial, Gustavo Dudamel continues his European concerts with the Munich Philharmonic, leading the ensemble in Mahler's Symphony No. 7. Gustavo conducts Mahler's Seventh with the orchestra at home in the Bavarian Capital on October 23, 24, and 25, before traveling to Hamburg for a performance at the city's Laieszhalle this Saturday, October 26.
Mahler's Seventh Symphony figures prominently in Gustavo's repertoire this fall. The Venezuelan conductor performs the work with London's Philharmonia Orchestra in the British capital and in Birmingham later this month.
This weekend Gustavo Dudamel returns to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in concerts that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Vienna Konzerthaus. The Venezuelan conductor leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, “Choral,” featuring soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, bass Franz-Josef Selig, and the Singakademie of the Wiener Konzertvereinsin. To open the centennial concerts, Gustavo and the orchestra perform the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s “Prologue to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,” commissioned specially for the Konzerthaus’s centennial.
The concerts take place October 19 and 20 in the Großer Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Gustavo Dudamel and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes continue their survey of Beethoven’s piano concertos with performances of the Second and Fourth this week. In concerts on October 10 and 11, the Fourth Piano Concerto follows Beethoven’s overture to The Ruins of Athens. Then on October 12 and 13, Gustavo joins Leif Ove Andsnes in Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto before leading the U.S. premiere of Australian composer Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates, a cantata for bass-baritone, chorus, and orchestra, that draws on texts by poet Graeme William Ellis.
For his first concerts of the LA Phil’s 2013-14 season, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel leads the world premiere of the late Peter Lieberson’s Shing Kham, an LA Phil-commissioned percussion concerto realized by composer Oliver Knussen. Framing Lieberson’s concerto are Schubert’s Fourth Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent First Piano Concerto, with guest soloist Yefim Bronfman at the keyboard. Details here.
Gustavo Dudamel celebrates his fifth year as LA Phil Music Director and the first decade of Walt Disney Concert Hall with an Opening Night Gala, featuring guest soloist Yo-Yo Ma. The evening showcases music especially chosen to help tell the story of Walt Disney Concert Hall, from first inspiration (Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3), through the iterative design process (Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme), the complexities of its construction (Thomas Adès’s These Premises Are Alarmed) and ensuing financial struggle (the third movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 9), to the celebration of its opening (the fourth movement from Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3, “Organ”). Gustavo will commence the program with John Cage’s groundbreaking work, 4’ 33”, offering audience members the opportunity to experience the ambient sound of the hall itself. The concert will be enhanced by installations from video artist Netia Jones.
Today, September 13, Deutsche Grammophon releases internationally Gustavo Dudamel’s debut album with the Berliner Philharmoniker, a live recording of Strauss’s mighty Also Sprach Zarathustra, the sonorous epic which will be forever associated with Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, alongside the tone poems Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, both significant landmarks in Strauss’s development as a master of orchestral texture and form.
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