Dudamel Conducts Dvorak's Symphony No. 9

The New York Philharmonic

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Dudamel Conducts Dvořák's Symphony No. 9


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Jan, 2020

Wednesday, 7:30 PM


Jan, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Jan, 2020

Friday, 11:00 AM


Jan, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Jan, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

This first of Gustavo Dudamel’s two weeks at the Philharmonic features Dvořák’s beloved “postcard” from the New World — a cascade of beguiling melodies, majestic horn calls, and an expression of homesickness for his native Bohemia. The Orchestra also performs Ives’s mini philosophy lesson about man’s eternal search for meaning and the New York Premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s Piano Concerto evoking, in the composer’s words, “humans and their connections with their internal and external universes, in a world before our civilization, where times were governed by planetary and agricultural cycles.”

Program To Include


The Unanswered Question


Esteban Benzecry

Piano Concerto, Universos infinitos (New York Premiere)



Symphony No. 9, From the New World


Gustavo Dudamel


Gustavo Dudamel


Gustavo Dudamel


Driven by the belief in the power of music to heal, unite, and inspire, Gustavo Dudamel is one of today’s most distinguished conductors. From great concert halls to classrooms, video screens, and movie theaters, his musical achievements and championship of access to the arts for young people around the world demonstrates music’s extraordinary capacity to transform lives.

Mr. Dudamel’s 2018–19 season centers around the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centennial celebration and his 10th year as its music and artistic director. Other highlights include his Metropolitan Opera debut, conducting Verdi’s Otello; tours with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra; and his first extended academic residency at Princeton University.

A lifelong advocate for music education and social development through art, Mr. Dudamel himself was shaped by his childhood experience with El Sistema, the immersive musical training program initiated in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu. In his 19th year as music director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Dudamel carries on the work of his late mentor with his ongoing commitment to El Sistema in Venezuela, and by supporting numerous Sistema-inspired projects around the world. He also continues to expand the reach of his Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) initiative, including the 2019 opening of a new Frank Gehry–designed facility in Inglewood, California.

One of the few classical musicians to truly reach mainstream audiences, Gustavo Dudamel has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes three times and was the subject of a PBS special, Dudamel: Conducting a Life. He has been interviewed on CNN, Conan, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Sesame Street. He had a cameo role in Amazon Studio’s award-winning series Mozart in the Jungle and, together with members of YOLA, became the first classical musician to participate in the Super Bowl Halftime Show. At John Williams’s request, Mr. Dudamel guest-conducted on the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; he also recorded James Newton Howard’s soundtrack to Disney’s holiday blockbuster The Nutcracker, in which he makes an on-screen cameo.

Gustavo Dudamel was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation, a registered charity, was created in 2012 with the goal of promoting access to music as a human right and a catalyst for learning, integration, and social change.

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Sergio Tiempo


Sergio Tiempo


Sergio Tiempo


Pianist Sergio Tiempo made his professional debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw aged 14, and soon became internationally renowned for his raw energy and musical versatility.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Sergio Tiempo began his piano studies with his mother, Lyl Tiempo. While at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy, he worked with Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Tsong, Murray Perahia. and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He continues to receive frequent musical guidance and advice from Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire, and performs regularly with fellow-countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel.

Orchestral collaborations include the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Brussels Philharmonic, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Simón Bolívar Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, St. Petersburg Symphony Orhcestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Phoenix Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared alongside eminent conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Myung Whun Chung, Thierry Fischer, Emmanuel Krivine, Alondra de la Parra, Ludovic Morlot, Alexander Prior, and Leonard Slatkin.

Recent highlights include tours to China, Taiwan, the United States, and South America, and a residency at Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Alondra de la Parra and Alexander Prior. He collaborates frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, recently performing Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra. A committed recitalist, highlights include a sell-out recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Bergen International Festival, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Berlin Philharmonie.

A distinctive and acclaimed recording artist, he recently recorded Federico Jusid’s Tango Rhapsody with Karin Lechner, commissioned especially for the duo and the RSI Lugano, and a solo recital recording titled Legacy, released in early 2018.

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