|November 2011: In this issue|
|Dudamel guest conducts in Vienna and Milan|
|A return to Gothenburg in December for Brahms and Mendelssohn|
|Dudamel and LA Phil embark on "The Mahler Project" beginning January 13|
Dudamel guest conducts in Vienna and Milan
Gustavo Dudamel returns to guest conduct two leading European orchestras next month: theVienna Philharmonic and the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra. For his concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic on December 10 and 11, he leads the orchestra in Strauss's tone poem Don Juan, Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony, and Austrian composer Herbert Willi's Clarinet Concerto. Both performances take place at the orchestra's home, the city's renowned Musikverein. The "Scottish" Symphony is being recorded by Deutsche Grammophon for future release on vinyl LP. Proceeds from this special release will benefit the nucleo of San Vincente, in the Aragua state of Venezuela's El Sistema program.
Later in the month, Dudamel travels to Milan's Teatro alla Scala.On December 19, he conducts the Accademia del Teatro al Scala. Then, for a special "Natale" performance on December 22, he leads the theater's resident orchestra in Mahler's Second Symphony, "Resurrection."
Click below to watch Dudamel conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Ravel's Bolero from the Lucerne Festival in 2010:
A return to Gothenburg in December for Brahms and Mendelssohn
Dudamel returns to Sweden, where he's currently in his fifth year as music director of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, to conduct two concerts in December. For these performances, Dudamel and the GSO play Mendelssohn's Third Symphony and are joined by guest soloist Yefim Bronfman for Brahms's Second Piano Concerto. Dudamel leads the GSO again in March, when he and the orchestra embark on a seven-city tour of Europe.
Dudamel and LA Phil embark on "The Mahler Project" beginning January 13
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler, Dudamel embarks on a month-long exploration of the composer's complete symphonic works this winter, conducting both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra ofVenezuela in concerts in Los Angeles andCaracas. Starting on January 13, the Mahler Project begins with Dudamel leading the LA Phil in three concerts featuring the composer's Fourth Symphony as well as his Songs of a Wayfarer, sung by the great American baritone Thomas Hampson.
From January 19 to 21, Dudamel conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and the "Adagio" from the unfinished Tenth Symphony. Dudamel then leads the Bolívars in three performances on Jauary 22 to 26, including Mahler's Second, Third, and Fifth symphonies at Walt Disney Concert Hall. On January 27, 28 and 29, Dudamel and the LA Phil perform Mahler's Symphony No. 6, and from January 31 to February 5 Dudamel conducts the Bolívars in the composer's Seventh and Ninth symphonies.
The Mahler Project culminates in a performance of Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on February 4, 2012. Both the LA Phil and the Bolívars will be joined by eight soloists, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, and the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, as well as community choruses from throughout the Los Angeles area to perform this monumental masterpiece.
On February 18, 2012, Dudamel, the LA Phil, and the Bolívars will perform the "Symphony of a Thousand" from Caracas, Venezuelain a live HD broadcast to North American movie theaters. This extraordinary LA Phil LIVE event will also include special behind-the-scenes footage from Caracas.