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Dudamel Conducts Dvořák's Symphony No. 9


David Geffen Hall

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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.”



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


Sergio Tiempo made his professional debut at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw at age 14, and soon became internationally renowned for his raw energy and musical versatility. His orchestral collaborations include the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Brussels Philharmonic, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Auckland Philharmonia, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and the Phoenix, Simón Bolívar, Singapore, BBC, City of Birmingham, St. Petersburg, and Stavanger symphony orchestras. He has worked with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Myung-Whun Chung, Thierry Fischer, Emmanuel Krivine, Alondra de la Parra, Ludovic Morlot, Alexander Prior, and Leonard Slatkin. He has given recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Bergen International Festival, and, in a sold-out recital debut, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Recent highlights include a residency at Queensland Symphony Orchestra; performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Ravel Piano Concerto in G, and Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Würth Philharmonic; and recitals at the Martha Argerich Festival at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and the Brussels Chopin Days Festival.

Mr. Tiempo gave the world premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s Piano Concerto, Universos infinitos, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel in October 2019. Other highlights in 2019–20 include debuts with the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, both with Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He also gives recitals in Colombia, Argentina, Austria, and France.

Recent recordings include Tango Rhapsody by Federico Jusid with pianist Karin Lechner, commissioned especially for the duo and the RSI Lugano, and a solo recital recording titled Legacy.

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