Podcast: The L.A. Philharmonic’s Charismatic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel

(Photo from Gustavo Dudamel's website, copyright Chris Christodoulou)

(Photo from Gustavo Dudamel's website, copyright Chris Christodoulou)

The Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles is getting a lot of attention these days.  Maybe you saw them on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno or performing with Stevie Wonder at the Hollywood Bowl. A few years ago the orchestra got a boost from classical music superstar Gustavo Dudamel.  He’s the dynamic young conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Dudamel got his start in Venezuela’s innovative youth music program called El Systema, which was also the inspiration for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.

Gustavo Dudamel, 30 years old and now in his third season of conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has already become an institution in L.A.’s music scene.  When Dudamel arrived in L.A. in 2009, Feet in Two Worlds reporter Pilar Marrero went to see her fellow Venezuelan in action.  She found him working with and inspiring young musicians from the city’s neighborhoods.  Pilar produced this story about Dudamel for our radio partner Studio 360.

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