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Gustavo Dudamel and José Antonio Abreu at the Musical America Awards at Lincoln Center, Dec. 6, 2012 Gustavo Dudamel and José Antonio Abreu at the Musical America Awards at Lincoln Center (Brian Wise/WQXR)

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Gustavo Dudamel accepts his award as Musical America's "Musician of the Year" at Lincoln Center on Thursday. Right: Editor Sedgwick Clark. "We live day by day," said Dudamel in his acceptance speech. "We have rehearsal, we play and we love what we do. As simple as that. It's only a pleasure to be a musician."

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Gustavo Dudamel greets music industry executives at the Musical America awards ceremony Thursday night at Lincoln Center. To his right is José Antonio Abreu.
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Dr. José Antonio Abreu receives the award for 'Educator of the Year' at the Musical America Awards at Lincoln Center. Speaking through an interpreter, he said that El Sistema is now expanding to work with mentally handicapped children and in prisons.


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Raquel from Buenos Aires

Escribo en español pq soy agentina.
Bendito sea el maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Benefactor de los niños indigentes
de Venezuela.
Un orgullo para ese desdichado país.
Nosotros no tenemos esa suerte...
Gracias WQXR por el placer que nos brinda!!!

Jan. 10 2013 09:15 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL is the most exciting maestro on the world stages today. His Carnegie Hall concert of Latin American music was exhjiarating and joyous and memorable, REALLY HISTORIC !! MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! HANDEL'S ORATORIOS ARE THE MOST REVERED OF HIS COMPOSITIONS. ONE THAT IS NOT AS OFTEN PERFORMED AS IT DESERVES TO BE IS HIS "JUDAS MACCABAEUS." ITS "SOUND AN ALARM"' IS STIRRING. IT'S MY CLOSING SELECTION ON MY SOLO DEBUT IN THE ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM OF CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT "{LIVE" ON MY VALHALLA RECORDS CD AND MAY BE DOWNLOADED,FREE, FROM MY THREE WEBSITES. My cousin MICHAEL BLANKFORT wrote both the books and screenplays for the 1953 film THE JUGGLER Hollywood film made in Israel starring KIRK DOUGLAS and the 1950 Hollywood film BROKEN ARROW starring JAMES STEWART and JEFF CHANDLER [Cochise]. The music for THE JUGGLER was composed by opera composer GEORGE ANTHEIL, in whose opera VOLPONE I sang the tenor leading role [Mosca] in its professional world premiere in NEW YORK in 1953. ANTHEIL, famous for his opera TRANSATLANTIC and BALLET MECHANIQUE looked exactly like Peter Lorre. I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I opened my three hour concert with the Invocazione di Orfeo from Jacopo Peri's opera EURIDICE composed in 1600, the first opera, composed in the same year as Shakespeare wrote HAMLET. It can be heard from the live performance along with my performances of SIEGFRIED, GOTTERDAMMERUNG SIEGFRIED, OTELLO, ELEAZAR, SIEGMUND, LOHENGRIN, PARSIFAL, TRISTAN AND WALTHER VON STOLZING on my three websites,, ,, and It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. My voice teachers were the legendary MET OPERA singers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. In another commentary on one commented about all operas that were once NEW but now not new and therefore should be relegated to museum status. As an opera composer myself ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] I fully comprehend the assumed urgency of recognition of the still living. However, it's important to revere and enjoy the MASTERPIECES of art, music, literature, architecture and science in its multiple formats . I am the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where I train actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner opera roles

Dec. 18 2012 06:04 PM
Mary Jane Hodge from Melville

Last night I came home late and tired from work. I turned on my car radio to WQXR and the concert was about the start. I spent the next hours at the computer streaming the music from Carnegie. Wow! What an experience just to list to the sound! Thanks QXR for the broadcast. You enriched my life.

Dec. 11 2012 10:28 AM

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