Tonight sees Gustavo Dudamel—one of the four artistic advisors of Voices from Latin America—lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in the second of two concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall. Maestro Dudamel and the orchestra are in the middle of a European tour that includes performances in Sweden, Scotland, The Netherlands, and Spain.
We are delighted that after they head westward across the Atlantic, we welcome them back to Carnegie Hall where just five years ago—as the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela—they made such a splash as part of our Berlin in Lights festival. This December, Maestro Dudamel and the musicians of the orchestra perform several concerts in various arrangements, for which tickets are already selling very quickly.
On December 7, the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble (whose members are drawn from the orchestra) perform an evening of exuberant music that features works from Latin America and beyond, including selections from Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
On December 8, Gustavo Dudamel and Dr. José Antonio Abreu—founder of the El Sistema program that gave rise to Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela—join Dr. Leon Botstein and moderator Jeremy Geffen for a Carnegie Hall Discovery Day that focuses on the system and includes a screening of the documentary Dudamel: Let the Children Play. Later that evening, Musica nueva features members of the orchestra—joined by pianists Danilo Pérez and Gonzalo Rubalcaba—performing four brand new, Carnegie Hall–commissioned works by composers from throughout Latin America.
Finally, on December 10 and 11, the full Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Dudamel return to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for a pair of concerts during which they perform music by giants of Latin American composing, including Chávez, Orbón, Revueltas, and Villa-Lobos.
Although we do not have any video of them performing works by any of those composers, remind yourself of the energy and musicianship of Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and whet your appetite for their return to New York by watching this clip of them performing Mahler's First Symphony during the 2011 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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