NEWS: Venezuela’s president lays into Gustavo Dudamel

By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Southern California News Group

According to Norman Lebrech on his Blog “Slipped Disc,” Los Angeles Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel has been publicly reprimanded by Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro because Dudamel urged his government to bring peace to the country (LINK).

Dudamel is also music director of the Simón Bolivár Symphony Orchestra, flagship ensemble of Venezuela’s famed “El Sistema” music education program, which Maduro alluded to in his comments. Dudamel is also El Sistema’s most famous graduate.

So far, no comment from Dudamel. On the other hand, perhaps none is needed, other than to throw Maduro a pity party.

Dudamel returns to Hollywood Bowl next week to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in concerts Tuesday and Thursday. Information:

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