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Gustavo Dudamel to accept Glenn Gould award in Toronto

October 13, 2009 | 11:59 am

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Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new music director, has just completed his first series of concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, but that doesn't mean the Venezuelan conductor is finished with festivities for the season.

On Oct. 27 he will be in Toronto to accept an award from the Glenn Gould Foundation. While he's there, Dudamel will conduct the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra in its Canadian debut. 

Dudamel's award -- called the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protege Prize -- was first announced in July. He will receive a cash award of $15,000 from the city as part of the prize. Previous Protege winners include Tan Dun, Benny Green, Roman Patkoló and Jean-Guihen Queyras.

The weeklong celebration, which will take place at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto, will also honor Jose Abreu, who founded the El Sistema music program in Venezuela and was instrumental in launching Dudamel's career. Abreu will receive the foundation's main award -- the Glenn Gould Prize.

The foundation said it hands out its awards once every three years. The last recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize was conductor-composer André Previn, who served as the music director of the L.A. Philharmonic from 1985 to 1989.

Abreu and Dudamel are scheduled to give concerts and talks throughout the week as part of the festivities.

-- David Ng

Photo: Dudamel conducting recently at Disney Hall. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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