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Gustavo Dudamel, on TV and online

September 18, 2009 |  2:00 pm

Gustavo Dudamel Culture Monster will be diligently covering the arrival of Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new music director, in the days and weeks leading up to his big concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Until then, it's fair to say that the next best thing to seeing the Venezuelan conductor live is seeing him on TV and online. This month, Ovation TV and the Berlin Philharmonic provide ample opportunities.

Starting Sunday, Sept. 27, Ovation will run three evenings of documentaries featuring Dudamel at work both at home and abroad. 

The movies are:  "El Sistema:  Music for a Brighter Future" (Sept. 27, 8 p.m. ET/PT), which documents Venezuela's publicly financed music education program and includes interviews with Dudamel;  "Waldbuhne 2008: Rhythms of the Night" (Sept. 29, 8 p.m.),  a concert film of Dudamel’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic; "Mambo!  Gustavo Dudamel Live from Caracas" (Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. ),  which was filmed on New Year’s Eve in 2007; and "Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra" (Sept. 30 at 9:30 p.m.), a concert film from the 2007 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.

Ovation will repeat the movies all day on Oct. 3 and 4.

On Saturday, the Berlin Philharmonic will provide a webcast of Dudamel conducting Dmitri Shostakovich's 12th Symphony.

The concert will also include the performance of a percussion concerto by composer Sofia Gubaidulina.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Berlin time (11 a.m. PDT) and will be webcast  at The cost is 9.90 euros, or about $14.

-- David Ng

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel. Credit: Dan Porges / Deutsche Grammophon