Gustavo Dudamel will dedicate the Wednesday night performance of the Berlioz Requiem at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris to the memory of Claudio Abbado, who died on Monday at age 80. The concert, which will be streamed live on Arte TV (see below) will feature the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, and the combined choirs of Radio France and Notre-Dame.
The webcast is to take place at 3 pm ET (9 pm in Paris) and, according to the organizers, will be captured on some 80 microphones. Dudamel issued the following statement:
"Claudio Abbado will always be part of the exalted group of geniuses in the history of the arts. His endless generosity and love touched me at a very early age and will be always one of the most valuable treasures in my life. It was not only me personally but more importantly our Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela that he embraced as his family. He gave to us his sincere love and his profound wisdom. On behalf of my colleagues and of Maestro Abreu, I would like to pay an eternal tribute to our beloved Maestro Abbado, with the faith that his spirit and his inspiration will be always with us."
Watch the live webcast here: