Nearly 7,500 sign up for free outdoor simulcast of Dudamel's Disney Hall concert*
Saturday's Hollywood Bowl concert "¡Bienvenido Gustavo!" is already history, but fans of the Venezuelan conductor shouldn't fret -- there's another free Dudamel event happening this week.
The Music Center said today that 7,439 people registered for 2,800 places for the free outdoor simulcast of Dudamel's Thursday inaugural concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The live simulcast, announced in September, will take place on the Music Center Plaza. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Josephine Ramirez, vice president of programming and planning at the Music Center, said the organization received 3,766 online registrations, many of which were requests for two passes. (Some of these were also duplicate entries.)
E-mail notices were scheduled to go out today about noon notifying fans if they were selected to attend the simulcast. The Music Center said it randomly selected winners from the pool of applicants.
The e-mail notices will contain a link for winners to confirm their reservations. Those who were selected to attend will need to bring their confirmation receipts to the Music Center on the night of the simulcast.
As Culture Monster previously reported, there will be 12 large plasma screens set up around the plaza as well as in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
The seating inside the Grand Hall will be limited largely to those who indicated having special needs on their online registration, according to the Music Center.
The simulcast is expected to draw a maximum of 3,000 attendees. The Music Center said 200 spaces are reserved for donors, local politicians and other VIPs, which leaves 2,800 spaces for the public.
Attendees are advised to bring their own cushions and pillows to the event. No outside chairs or strollers will be allowed, and the Music Center said it will not provide any chairs.
The concert will feature Dudamel conducting the L.A. Philharmonic in the world premiere of "City Noir" by John Adams as well as the Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler.
[UPDATE] And if you didn't get tickets, you can still at least hear the concert: Classical music station KUSC-FM (91.5) will be broadcasting it live at 7 p.m.
-- David Ng
Photo: a view of the Music Center in downtown L.A. Credit: Los Angeles Times