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Rockstar Status? Free Tix for LA Phil Conductor's Inaugural Performance Scalped for $1600

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Well, we did call him the Obama of classical music earlier this year. 28-year-old Gustavo Dudmel is set to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic this upcoming season in what is probably going to continue to put Los Angeles on the map for the genre. Former conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen led the group strong in past years and it helped to be in the internationally renown Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry (did you know, the hall was designed before the similar-looking Guggenheim in Spain? Los Angeles just didn't have the money back then to build it). On October 3rd, Dudamel with LA Phil will debut at the Hollywood Bowl and a portion of the 18,000 were given away to the public in person and online. There's been a little controversy about the ticket giveaway and apparently some of those free tickets are being scalped for high prices. Ahhhhh, so this is why they call it Dudamania.

Previously: Inspiration! Meet Gustavo Dudamel, the New 27-Year-Old Conductor of the LA Philharmonic