21 April 2017
NOBEL: Gustavo Dudamel leads 2017 Nobel Prize Concert
Gustavo Dudamel takes up the baton on December 8 to lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert, held annually to honor recipients of one of the world's most prestigious awards for achievement in science and culture. Gustavo's advocacy for music's power to unite, heal, and inspire mirrors the humanistic ideals of Alfred Nobel.
"I am deeply honored to perform on this remarkable occasion," says Gustavo. "Music teaches more than just notes. For anyone who learns to read music, play an instrument, or sing, there is a doorway to understanding all kinds of related disciplines. Music is a branch of applied physics, with mathematics measuring sound waves through space. Chemistry is also related; scientists are still trying to discover the secret ingredients in the varnish of Stradivari's violins! Music and literature are closely intertwined. The great conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt used to talk about 'rhetoric' in musical interpretation. How do we unlock the inner poetry and implicit meanings in a composer's score, find the text's hidden story?"
Gustavo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic have selected a musical program highlighting the connection between music, science, and the humanities: Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony and Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra. "We have chosen a program honoring the Nobel Laureates and their accomplishments with music inspired by nature," continues Gustavo, "a symbol of the unity of art and science in expression of the human imagination."
In cooperation with the Nobel Foundation and El Sistema Sweden, Gustavo has created a "Nobel Day of Music" on December 8. The day will see thousands of children in El Sistema-inspired programs across Sweden give concerts in their local communities while Nobel Laureates contribute comments on the significance of music in their work and lives. A new "Orchestra of the Future," made up of young people trained in El Sistema-inspired programs from five continents will join Gustavo in Stockholm. Also part of the festivities, Gustavo will deliver a lecture in the prestigious "Nobel Calling" series at the Nobel Museum on December 6.
"Music unlocks the imagination, encourages creative risk and self expression – the same keys required for progress in science and the humanities," Gustavo notes. "That is where the worlds of science and art meet, and why I believe the Nobel Prize, as a global symbol of human ingenuity and innovation, can also be a symbol to leaders and young people of the benefits of investing in the arts."