Dudamel Conducts Mahler and Schubert
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Dudamel Conducts Mahler and Schubert

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$65-175

Duration

2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

23

Jan, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

24

Jan, 2020

Friday, 8:00 PM

25

Jan, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Gustavo Dudamel’s two weeks with the Philharmonic conclude with Mahler’s Song of the Earth. This work of surpassing beauty is an impassioned contemplation of the transience of life, with beauty, joys, sorrows, love, and, finally, a haunting goodbye set against nature’s eternal self-renewal. Our guest conductor also leads Schubert’s Fourth with the composer’s lyrical gift on full display.

Program

Schubert

Symphony No. 4, Tragic

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Mahler

Das Lied von der Erde

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Artists

Gustavo Dudamel

Conductor

Gustavo Dudamel

Conductor

Gustavo Dudamel

Conductor

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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Michelle DeYoung

Mezzo-Soprano

Michelle DeYoung

Mezzo-Soprano

Michelle DeYoung

Mezzo-Soprano

Michelle DeYoung appears regularly with the New York Philharmonic; the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, London, and BBC symphony orchestras; and the Cleveland, Met, Vienna Philharmonic, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. She has performed at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saito Kinen, Edinburgh, and Lucerne festivals. In Australia she has appeared with the Sydney Symphony, and she recently sang Kundry in concert performances of Wagner’s Parsifal at Opera Australia.

Ms. DeYoung has appeared with The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Bayreuth Festival, Berlin Staatsoper, Paris Opéra, Theater Basel, English National Opera, and Tokyo Opera. She created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at The Met. Her repertoire also includes the title roles in Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Delilah and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia; Fricka, Sieglinde, and Waltraute in Wagner’s Ring Cycle; Venus in Wagner’s Tannhäuser; Brangäne in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde; Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlos; Amneris in Verdi’s Aida; Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana; Ježibaba in Dvořák’s Rusalka; Marguerite in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust; Dido in Berlioz’s Les Troyens; Judith in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; and Jocasta in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex.

A multiple Grammy winner, Ms. DeYoung has a discography that includes Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre with Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic (Naxos); Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Symphony No. 3, and Das klagende Lied with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media); Les Troyens with Colin Davis and the London Symphony (LSO Live!); and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with both the Chicago Symphony and Bernard Haitink (CSO Resound) and Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck (Challenge Records International). Her first solo disc was released on EMI. 

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Andrew Staples

Tenor

Andrew Staples

Tenor

Andrew Staples

Tenor

Andrew Staples is considered one of the most versatile tenors of his generation, appearing regularly with Rattle, Harding, Haïm, Davis, Salonen, and Nézet-Séguin, and with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Since his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Jacquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mr. Staples has returned to the company in leading roles in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio and Salome, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Arne’s Artaxerxes. His appearances in Mozart operas include Belfiore in La finta giardiniera for Prague’s National Theatre and Brussels’s La Monnaie; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival; and Tamino in The Magic Flute for the Lucerne Festival, Drottningholm, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Mr. Staples’s 2019–20 season engagements include his first appearance in the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo in his Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin debut; house debuts at The Metropolitan Opera as Andres in Berg’s Wozzeck, and Opera di Roma as Tichon in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; the role of Nicias in concert performances of Massenet’s Thaïs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde on the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s tour. He is scheduled to return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

His discography includes Britten’s Billy Budd and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live); Handel’s Messiah with Le Concert d’Astrée (Erato/Warner Classics); Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Stravinsky’s Persephone with Finnish National Opera (Pentatone); John Adams’s Dr. Atomic with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (nominated for a Grammy Award); and The Dream of Gerontius with the Berlin Staatskapelle (Deutsche Grammophon).

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