Los Angeles Philharmonic's Opening Night Gala

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Gustavo Dudamel, the charismatic young Venezuelan conductor whose performances have whipped audiences into frenzies, opens his second season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic this week.

On Friday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. WQXR broadcasts that concert, which features the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez (pictured) in a festive program of bel canto arias and popular Latin American canciones by Rossini, Granda, Lara, Moncayo, Grever, Gutiérrez and Márquez. The concert, from Walt Disney Concert Hall, marks the start of a busy season for Dudamel, featuring 12 weeks of subscription concerts and the orchestra's first European tour since 2007.


Please share your thoughts on the performance in the comments box below.

Celebración: Opening Night Concert and Gala


ROSSINI Overture to La gazza ladra
ROSSINI "Principe più non se" from La Cenerentola
ROSSINI Overture to Semiramide
ROSSINI "La speranza più soave" from Semiramide
ROSSINI Overture to William Tell
ROSSINI "Asile héréditaire" from William Tell
GRANDA (arr. Flórez) La flor de la canela
LARA (arr. Hayes) Granada
MONCAYO Huapango
GREVER (arr. Guinovart) Júrame
GUTIÉRREZ (arr. Osuna) Alma llanera
MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2

Comments [17]

Daniel from Los Angeles

We were there and it was more than beautiful.
Dudamel is all energy and love. Juan Diego
is the best voice I ever heard.

Oct. 09 2010 10:18 PM
Joe Athy from Manhasset, N.Y.

This concert was magnificent! What a great Friday night - it was almost as good as being there.

Oct. 08 2010 11:27 PM
linda from NYC

Thank you for broadcasting this extraordinary concert.

Oct. 08 2010 10:35 PM
sallie kraus from stamford, ct

Wonderful concert. Dudamel and Florez both have such great energy and talent! I also hope the concert will be archived and available for downloading.

Oct. 08 2010 10:33 PM

Florez nails the 9 high C's in "Ah, mes amis!" And that's just encore number one.

Oct. 08 2010 10:17 PM
Don Dunsmore

My only disappointment is I had an important call to answer during the performance. It was outstanding!

Oct. 08 2010 10:08 PM
Vivian from East Quogue, New York

My heart is bursting with pride and I have tears in my eyes having just heard "Alma Llanera" a piece that brought me back to my country of birth, where I spent the first 17 years of my life - so many memories. What a combo - Dudamel and Florez. Thank you so much for broadcasting this amazing evening; wish it didn't have to end....

Oct. 08 2010 10:03 PM

Right now, when my beloved Venezuela is facing many difficulties, I feel so proud of The Dude. That's the beautiful face that many of us want to show to the world; that which we call "la Venezuela bonita" (Venezuela, the pretty). I am deeply touched by listening Alma Llanera, our second anthem at Venezuela. Thank you WQXR for transmitting this Gala!!!

Oct. 08 2010 10:02 PM
John A from Long Island

Fantastic Gala. Juan Diedo was, of course, super! The horns in Semiramide were great as was the rest of the orchestra. They really sounded
perfectly tuned...to each other. Wonderful group of musicians....

Oct. 08 2010 08:46 PM
Michael from New York City - UWS

So glad that WQXR is able to bring us this terrific program! Thank you!

Oct. 08 2010 08:34 PM

So Gustavo Dudamel is "ratcheting up the intensity" in this, his second season as music director. But will he avoid the sophomore slump? Can he prove that he's got the depth, versatility and vision for the long haul? More to the point, how does he do in the relatively light, effervescent repertoire of Rossini, which opens up tonight's program? Tell us what you think.

Oct. 08 2010 08:09 PM


It's possible that this recording will eventually be available for purchase, but your best bet to hear it soon is to listen to the broadcast tonight!

Oct. 08 2010 05:05 PM
L.E.S. from Washington, D.C.

My daughter, age 16, loves the dude! Will this be available on archive?

Oct. 08 2010 04:48 PM

What a combination. Bravos to our young Latin American brothers for their contributions to world class good music.

Oct. 08 2010 12:44 PM
Eileen from New York, NY

REALLY looking forward to this! The "Dude" is great for the younger generation of wanna be classical fans!

Oct. 07 2010 09:25 AM

please let me know if the wqxr broadcast of that concert will be put on compact disc? Thank-you very much and have a nice day!

Oct. 06 2010 03:26 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Looking forward to this coming Friday's WQXR's broadcast of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2nd opening season for the most amazing maestro GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, who although only 29 years old yet is impressive enough to garner respect from audiences and critics alike and be accorded the role of maestro for a major concert with the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. He IS the real thing. An impassioned interpreter of whatever music he conducts, he inspires not only listeners, but also youngsters to aim high in their music-making.
There is a public out there eager for music-making that is exciting and soul-stirring enough to give hope and joy to this world where there is so little progress being made as to make the general public disillusioned, downhearted and apathetic.
Kudos to artists with passion for their work and the talent to transmit it to raise the spirits of a dispirited world.
As if we need a bonus reason to listen in, the guest artist on the program is the one and only Juan Diego Flores. Need we say more. ENJOY.

Oct. 05 2010 01:43 PM

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