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Dudamel to duet with Leno on Jan. 4 'Tonight Show'

December 23, 2010 | 11:23 am

58429511-23114629 Gustavo Dudamel will make his first appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Jan. 4.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced Thursday that its maestro will hobnob with Leno to talk about the orchestra's "LA Phil Live" series, which will beam performances from Walt Disney Concert Hall to more than 450 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

No word on whether Dudamel will take the baton for a turn in front of the "Tonight Show" band.

The Venezuelan will kick off the New Year with his regular band with concerts at Disney Hall Jan. 6-9, which will feature mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor singing in Hebrew in Leonard Bernstein's First Symphony, which is based on the prophet Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations. Also on the program are John Adams' "Slonimsky's Earbox" and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

Dudamel and the Phil will tour Europe Jan. 21-Feb. 5.

-- Mike Boehm

Photos: Jay Leno, right; Gustavo Dudamel. Credits: Associated Press, right; Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times