Gustavo Dudamel currently serves as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela — and the impact of his musical leadership is felt internationally. To learn more about Gustavo Dudamel and see him conduct live at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, visit http://laphil.com/philpedia/gustavo-dudamel.
This series of Gustavo Dudamel videos features rehearsal footage, interview footage, behind-the-scenes footage, discussions regarding his favorite composers, and much more!
While his commitment to his posts at the LA Phil and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra account for the major portion of his time, Gustavo Dudamel also guest conducts with some of the world’s greatest musical institutions. This season he returns to the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Berlin Staatskapelle, Berlin Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, and to the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna and Salzburg — as well as on tour with them through Europe and Asia.
Now in his sixth season as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel’s contract with the LA Phil has been extended through 2021/22. Under his leadership, the LA Phil has expanded its diversified outreach through many projects, most notably Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema.
With YOLA and additional educational expansion in Los Angeles, Gustavo Dudamel brings music to children in the underserved communities of the city while serving as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout the United States and internationally, notably for programs in Sweden (Hammarkullen) and Scotland (Raploch).
Gustavo Dudamel is defined by his untiring advocacy of access to music for all. As a symphonic and operatic conductor, his music making on four continents continues to inspire audiences of all ages.
See the Los Angeles Philharmonic in action! These videos include live performances and a behind-the-scenes look at LA Phil rehearsals with Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, as well as guest conductors! Guest musicians include violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Yuja Wang.
For more information about the Los Angeles Philharmonic and tickets for their 2015-16 season, please visit http://www.laphil.com.
A lauded composer and conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009), Composer-In-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, and Artistic Director and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival. Learn more about Esa-Pekka Salonen at http://laphil.com/philpedia/esa-pekka-salonen
Take a five-part virtual tour in and around Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, home of the LA Philharmonic since late 2003. Discover Walt Disney Concert Hall in person by taking a free self-guided audio tour narrated by John Lithgow and featuring insights from architect Frank Gehry, former Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, principal donor Lillian Disney's daughter Diane Disney Miller and more. Call (323) 850-2000 for more information.
Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) is a network of organizations devoted to providing quality instrumental music education for children with the greatest needs, fewest resources and little or no access to instrumental music education. The vision that unites this diverse coalition of partners is that every child in Los Angeles County who wants to play in an orchestra will be able to do so. The mission of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles has been to put instruments in children’s hands and give them the best quality instruction by creating new and leveraging existing ensemble programs.
Stakeholders within the network of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles include: the city and county of Los Angeles, universities, LAUSD and other school districts in Los Angeles County, community music schools, non-profit music organizations, individual music educators, and after-school programs such as Beyond the Bell and LA’s Best, and funders.
The inspiration for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles comes from the dynamic youth orchestra movement in Venezuela, where it is an agent for social change and has resulted in the formation of more than 200 youth orchestras for low-income children.
The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles coalition is working together to coordinate and align its community resources, in-school and after-school, to provide a pathway of instrumental instruction and ensemble experience for children.
For an overview of the LA Phil's various education programs — including Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) — please visit http://laphil.com/education.
The LA Phil and KUSC host Brian Lauritzen take you inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ, affectionately nicknamed "Hurricane Mama." Discover the story behind Hurricane Mama, the unique role of the organ in classical music, and how this particular instrument has inspired composers and artists since it was unveiled in 2004.
This organ’s striking design was a collaboration between Frank Gehry and organ builder Manuel Rosales. The organ, affectionately called “Hurricane Mama,” was so named by composer Terry Riley after a night of improvising.
Inaugurated in 2004 at the opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s second season in WDCH, this unique pipe organ is voiced with a wide dynamic range — from pianississimo to a breathtaking fortissimo that can obliterate the sounds of a full orchestra.
The specially curved wood façade pipes are actual playing pipes that were made by Glatter-Götz Orgelbau in Germany and consist of the Violone and Bassoon basses. Behind the façade are three levels of pipes, including metal pipes made of tin and lead alloys and wood pipes made of Norwegian pine.
Here are some little-known facts about "Hurricane Mama":
- It consists of 6,145 pipes, ranging in size from a pencil to a telephone pole. - The organist’s bench is raised and lowered with an electric motor. - Planning, construction, and installation of the pipe organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall took a combined 35,000 worker-hours. - It was a gift to the County of Los Angeles from the Toyota Motor Corporation. - Closed-circuit television gives the organist at the main console a view of the conductor. - The keyboard is made from simulated ivory. Other materials used to build the instrument include Douglas fir (pipes), Norwegian pine (pipes), porcelain (stop knobs), ebony (keyboard), and lead and tin alloys (pipes).