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Spring Gala with Gustavo Dudamel

Apr 24

Gustavo Dudamel, the New York Philharmonic’s next Music and Artistic Director, leads the Orchestra in a program that celebrates the past, present, and future of music education. Artist, actor, author, and activist Common; soprano Hera Hyesang Park; and guitarist and former New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams take turns in the spotlight. The NY Phil musicians perform several works side-by-side with student musicians from communities across New York City.

Enhance your experience: Join us for a pre-concert reception, receive prime concert seating, and enjoy a festive dinner with the artists on the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade.



7:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Program To Include

Nina Shekhar

The Mother Is Standing (New York Premiere—New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Bravo! Vail Music Festival)


Bachianas brasileiras No. 5, for soprano and orchestra of violoncelli

Arturo Márquez

Danzón No. 8

Bernie Williams / Arr. Jeff Tyzik

Moving Forward


"The Light" and "Glory"

R. Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier Suite



  • Gustavo Dudamel


    Gustavo Dudamel is driven by the belief that music has the power to transform lives, to inspire, and to change the world. Through his dynamic presence on the podium and his tireless advocacy for arts education, he has introduced classical music to new audiences around the globe and has helped provide access to the arts for countless people in underserved communities. Dudamel currently serves as Music and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. In 2026 he becomes The Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang Music and Artistic Director of the New York Philharmonic, after serving as Music Director Designate in the 2025–26 season, continuing a legacy that includes Gustav Mahler, Arturo Toscanini, and Leonard Bernstein.

    Dudamel is one of the few classical musicians to become a bona fide pop-culture phenomenon. His film credits include Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Bernstein’s West Side Story, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Simpsons, and he led the LA Phil with Billie Eilish in the concert film Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles. He has performed at the Super Bowl halftime show, the Academy Awards, and the Nobel Prize concert, and has worked with international superstars Christina Aguilera; Ricky Martin; Tyler, The Creator; Coldplay; and others. His extensive discography includes 67 releases and 4 Grammy Awards.

    Inspired by his transformative experience as a youth in Venezuela’s immersive musical training program El Sistema, in 2012 he created the Dudamel Foundation, which he co-chairs with his wife, actress and director María Valverde, “to expand access to music and the arts for young people by providing tools and opportunities to shape their creative futures.” In July and August 2022 the Dudamel Foundation brought its Encuentros initiative to the Hollywood Bowl, as part of the 100th-anniversary season, in a two-week intensive global leadership and orchestral training program for young musicians from around the world; it culminated in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and a tour with the Orquesta del Encuentro to the legendary Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California.

    Gustavo Dudamel está convencido de que la música tiene el poder de transformar vidas, inspirar, y cambiar al mundo. Mediante su dinámica presencia en el podio e incansable apoyo a la educación artística, ha dado a conocer la música clásica a nuevas audiencias alrededor del mundo y ayudado a brindar acceso a las artes para innumerables personas en comunidades desfavorecidas. Actualmente, Dudamel ejerce como Director Musical y Artístico de la Filarmónica de Los Ángeles y Director Musical de la Orquesta Simón Bolívar, y en 2026, asumirá como El Oscar L. Tang y H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang Director Musical y Artístico de la Filarmónica de Nueva York, luego de ejercer como Director Musical Designado en 2025–26, sumándose a un legado que incluye a Gustav Mahler, Arturo Toscanini, y Leonard Bernstein.

    Dudamel es uno de los pocos músicos clásicos transformados en un genuino fenómeno de la cultura popular. Sus créditos cinematográficos de Dudamel incluyen la adaptación de Steven Spielberg de West Side Story de Bernstein, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (La guerra de las galaxias: la fuerza despierta), y Los Simpson, y la dirección de la LA Phil con Billie Eilish en el concierto cinematográfico “Happier than Ever: Una Carta de Amor a Los Ángeles”. Dirigió una función en el espectáculo de medio tiempo en el Super Bowl, en los Academy Awards, y en el concierto del Premio Nobel, y ha trabajado con las superestrellas internacionales Christina Aguilera; Ricky Martin; Tyler, The Creator; Coldplay; y otras. Su extensa discografía incluye 67 estrenos y cuatro Premios Grammy.

    Inspirado por su transformadora experiencia juvenil en El Sistema – el programa intensivo en capacitación musical de Venezuela – en 2012 creó la Fundación Dudamel que co-preside con su esposa, la actriz y directora María Valverde, con la meta de “ampliar el acceso a la música y las artes ofreciendo herramientas y oportunidades a la gente joven para dar forma a sus futuros creativos”. En julio y agosto de 2022 la Fundación Dudamel trajo su iniciativa “Encuentros” al Hollywood Bowl como parte de la temporada del centenario durante dos semanas de capacitación orquestal y liderazgo global para jóvenes músicos de alrededor del mundo, que culminó con un concierto en el Hollywood Bowl y una gira con la “Orquesta del Encuentro” al legendario Greek Theatre en Berkeley, California.

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  • Common


    Academy Award, Emmy, and Grammy–winning artist, actor, author, and activist Common continues to break down barriers through a multitude of critically acclaimed roles, and continued success in all aspects of his career. Common can be seen starring in Apple TV+’s Silo as Robert Sims. This winter, he made his Broadway debut playing Junior in Between Riverside and Crazy. His latest album, A Beautiful Revolution Part 2, was released in September 2021 and served as an inspiring follow-up to his previous album, A Beautiful Revolution Part 1, released in March 2020. His 2019 hit album Let Love was inspired by his work and experiences writing his New York Times–bestselling second memoir, Let Love Have the Last Word.

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  • Hera Hyesang Park


    Hera Hyesang Park is an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist working with orchestras and opera houses worldwide. The Korean soprano has made house and role debuts as Adina in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love (at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin), Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Bavarian Staatsoper and Glyndebourne Festival), Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème (Komische Oper), Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Julliette (Korean National Opera), and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Teatro Colón Buenos Aires). Her concert appearances have included Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Naples Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony, Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Tanglewood and Caramoor with Philharmonia Baroque, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Seoul Philharmonic, and recitals at Vocal Arts DC, Alice Tully Hall, Friends of Chamber Music Miami, Montreal’s Bourgie Hall, and Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música.

    As a participant in The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist program, Park made her Met debut as the First Sprite in a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka conducted by Mark Elder. She sang Barbarina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and has since returned as Pamina, Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff.

  • Bernie Williams


    Bernie Williams is a former professional baseball player and now a musician, composer, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he was signed by the New York Yankees in 1987. After working his way through the farm system, the switch-hitting Williams made his Major League debut with the Yankees in May 1991. In his 16-year career with the team Williams was a four-time World Series Champion and a five-time All-Star. He is among the Yankees’ all-time leaders in every major batting category, standing alongside legends such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio. In 2015 the Yankees retired Williams’s uniform number 51, and dedicated and placed a plaque in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium.

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  • Student musicians from New York City education and community partners



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