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Dudamel concert opens with Quincy Jones and Sergio Mendes

October 3, 2009 |  4:26 pm

Alvaro Mendez got on line at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 1 to get tickets for “¡Bienvenido Gustavo!,”  and his planning paid off.

This afternoon, he and his family have box seats at the Hollywood Bowl. His two young daughters, Lisset and Amanda, both play the violin and are eagerly awaiting Gustavo Dudamel's debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Mendez and his family, including his wife, Margarita, were among the early arrivals this afternoon for the concert, which began a little after 4 p.m. with performers Quincy Jones and Sergio Mendes.

Though only about 75% of the ticket holders have been seated so far, among the early arrivals were Vero Cubero and her daughter, Priscilla. The mother and daughter from Downey got their tickets online.

"This is my first time at the Bowl, and I'm surprised how well organized everything is," the mother said.

Claudine Stevens of West Hollywood didn't get a ticket, but she came two hours before the start of the concert today with the hope that some ticket holders had canceled.

So far, no luck. "That's OK," she said. "It's still a great experience to be here."

Audrey Osollo of Montebello came with a friend. Both were fortunate enough to get tickets from another  friend who had extras.

"I'm not a classical music fan, but I'm a fan of the venue," said Osollo. "Where else can you bring and drink your own wine in the afternoon?"

-- David Ng