For many years I thought there would never be another classical music conductor like Leonard Bernstein, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Bernstein had the rare gift of connecting himself intimately with his orchestra as well as with the audience. He made you “feel” the music, more than “hear” the music. When he passed away in 1990, the magic of classical music evaporated from the concert halls of the world.
The elusive magic came back 18 years later in the body of a vigorous young Venezuelan conductor who is destined to change musical history. His name is Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez born on January 26, 1981.
At age 27, he’s presently the principal conductor of Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony, and in September of 2009 he will become the new leader of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has been described by the New York Times as “one of the hottest— and youngest—conducting properties around.”
Those around Dudamel describe him as exuberant, energetic and passionate. His conducting style is thoroughly non-European, and very Latin: he leaps and bounces, often off the podium and on the floor.
After two or three attempts to get a heavy fortíssimo, with a warm smile on his his face he told the musicians, “now we have blood”. This shows how strong Dudamel feels for classical music.
If you didn’t know who Gustavo Dudamel was before reading this post, and you are lucky to attend one of his performances, remember that you met him first at Lingua Franca. Good Day!