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Arts and Entertainment

Gustavo Dudamel, Movie Star? L.A. Phil In HD, Coming To A Theater Near You

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The L.A. Phil is making a movie with no costumes, no pyrotechnics, no 3-D aliens, only the the majesty of the Philharmonic, the charisma of one plucky Venezuelan, the exquisite backdrop of Walt Disney Concert Hall and the most specialized, live-concert directors and cameramen Hollywoodland has to offer.Beginning in January, the L.A. Phil will be partnering with live-programming distributor NCM Fathom to simulcast three orchestral performances to 450 HD-equipped movie houses in over 130 markets in the U.S. and Canada.

Dubbed, "LA Phil Live," the simulcasts will be, "heavily produced affairs, shot with multiple cameras and overseen by directors who specialize in live production. Viewers seated before 50-foot screens will see close-ups, medium and long-range shots of Dudamel and the orchestra's musicians, views of Disney Hall and the audience, as well as glimpses of the backstage action. Live interviews, and question and answer sessions will round out the transmission package," reports the LA Times.

Gustavo Dudamel will conduct all three simulcasts: January 9 (Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein and John Adams), March 13 (Tchaikovsky) and June 5 (Brahms). Locally, Burbank, Palmdale, Century City and Huntington Beach cinemas will be hosting the simulcasts. Ticket prices will vary from $18 to $22 nationwide, depending on the location, according to the LA Times.