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Dudamel's gala concert at Disney Hall to air on PBS

September 3, 2009 | 12:08 pm


For fans of Gustavo Dudamel who can't make it to his Oct. 8 inaugural gala concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall -- or who can't afford tickets -- we have some news to share. 

PBS is planning to tape the concert for its "Great Performances" TV series. The concert is scheduled to air Oct. 21 on PBS stations and will be followed by a DVD release from Deutsche Grammophon on Nov. 23. Arte/ZDF will broadcast the concert in Europe on Oct. 18.

The gala concert will feature the L.A. Philharmonic led by Dudamel in John Adams' "City Noir," which is a philharmonic commission, as well as Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1. 

Dudamel is the orchestra's new music director and his arrival in L.A. is widely expected to be one of the largest cultural events in the classical music world this season.

The L.A. Philharmonic said that the Venezuelan conductor is expected to arrive officially on Sept. 30; the orchestra will greet him in the morning, and later in the day he'll have a general press briefing. Then it's on to a few days of rehearsals at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. 

The gala concert at Disney Hall shouldn't be confused with the free Oct. 3 concert at the Hollywood Bowl, "Bienvenido Gustavo," which will feature a range of music groups, many of them from the L.A. region. 

-- David Ng

Photo: conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Credit: Anna Hult / For The Times