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Gustavo Dudamel's Musical Journey

As conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel has brought global recognition to the City of Angels by meshing tradition with avant garde works.

Leading the Phil since 2009, the Venezuelan-born maestro was born into music. His father was a trombonist and Dudamel, following in his father's foot-steps, also began with the trombone. But early in life, at the age of 10, Dudamel found himself immersed in world music including classical. Using his childhood toys, he would line up his toy soldiers (without weapons) in a seated position as one would conduct music he would play in the background.

Now in his second-to-last year (he's moving to lead the New York Phil in 2026), Dudamel has announced the L.A. Phil's 2024-25 Season..

Dudamel will continue his Pan-American Music Initiative with a trio of Día de los Muertos celebrations that include the return of LA Phil commission Yanga by Gabriela Ortiz and works by Villa-Lobos and Revueltas (Nov. 1-3).

As he prepares for the next phase of his musical journey, Dudamel reflects on his time in Los Angeles:  "The city of Los Angeles is like an orchestra: so many different people, sounds, cultures, and histories, all coming together in a beautiful harmony of life. This season, we celebrate the many vibrant communities of our beloved city, including – for the first time – a full week of concerts to celebrate the profound power of Día de los Muertos, an exploration of the extraordinary artists of Korea with our Seoul Festival, a Gospel Mass that pays tribute to the resilience and joy of the Black community, an 11-concert immersion in the music of Gustav and Alma Mahler, and so much more."

To learn more about Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, visit DUDAMEL

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