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Great Performances: Gustavo Dudamel And The Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert

Airs Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Bursting onto the international scene in 1999 as the 18-year-old wunderkind c...

Credit: Chris Christodoulou

Above: Bursting onto the international scene in 1999 as the 18-year-old wunderkind conductor of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel (pictured) has taken the classical music world by storm.

Download Two Free Tracks of Gustavo Dudamel’s Music (offer is available through November 9, 2009)

Bursting on to the international scene in 1999 as the 18-year-old wunderkind conductor of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel has taken the classical music world by storm. In fall 2009, he will become the new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. "GREAT PERFORMANCES" will join the opening night festivities for Dudamel’s inaugural gala concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert’s repertoire is currently planned to include Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, as well as the premiere of John Adams’ "City Noir" (a commission of the LA Philharmonic). Watch a preview.

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