Inspiration! Meet Gustavo Dudamel, the New 27-Year-Old Conductor of the LA Philharmonic
If you don't know Gustavo Dudamel's name yet, get ready. Not only will he be a Los Angeles cultural icon, he will be an international one. Hailing from Venezuela, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra hand picked the young (his birthday is in a few days) and well-known conductor known for his intensely fun energy and passion for music.
The LA Phil introduced the world to Dudamel today at Walt Disney Concert Hall inviting guests and also streaming the event live on the internet (his wife watched from Venezuela). He was introduced with a special video with clips of people all over Los Angeles--from Pink's Hot Dogs to Hollywood Blvd.--welcoming him. "Wow," he said, blown away and short for words as he came out on stage. "So amazing. No words. So exciting." He then let out a huge sigh, looked out at the audience of 300 and went "Oh God." Everyone laughed.
What we can't translate is the energy he brings to a room. His presence is magnetic. His body language and the way he speaks about music emits pure joy, love and energy. You can just feel it. If there's one thing to say about this next year with the LA Phil, it's going to be a fun ride. After all, he affectionately calls world renowned architect and the man behind Walt Disney Conert Hall, Frank Gehry, "Pancho."