Who's that on Sesame Street? Gotta be the Dude…

Who's that on Sesame Street? Gotta be the Dude…


norman lebrecht

August 10, 2011

The latest outreach coup by the sleepless Los Angeles Philharmonic is to get its music director onto kiddies TV.

Yes, it’s Gustavo Dudamel on Sesame Street, coming up this season on PBS KIDS, date tba (see press release below).

How do they do it? Every orch in the US of A is dying to get a few seconds of screen time for its conductor and only Dude gets out there.

It’s not just that he’s young, cool and Hispanic. It’s that he’s got a vibrant, out-of-the-box orchestra management working behind him – as you may have heard Deborah Borda explain on the Lebrecht Interview.







Sesame Street’s 42nd Season Premieres on September 26

Broadcast Date for Gustavo Dudamel’s Appearance To Be Announced



WHAT:            Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel will make an appearance on the award-winning preschool series Sesame Street, which begins its 42nd season on September 26 on PBS KIDS (please check your local listings). The exact broadcast date for his appearance will be announced soon.


Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic begin the 2011/12 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 27. In this third season of partnership, the LA Phil breaks new ground, with pioneering productions and inventive stagings of significant works under Dudamel’s leadership. The season’s major projects, with 9 new commissions, 7 world premieres, 4U.S. premieres and 5 West Coast premieres, include a complete Mahler symphonic cycle performed in two countries and the first installment of a three-year Mozart opera project.


Please visit www.LAPhil.com for complete programming details and subscriptions for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2011/12 season.


Sesame Street, beloved by four decades of preschoolers and their caregivers, launches season 42 on PBS KIDS September 26. In an effort to encourage school readiness, especially in the disciplines of science and math, areas where U.S. students are falling behind, the new season focuses on a STEM curriculum, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. Other season highlights include original songs and street stories; a brand new segment “Murray’s Science Experiments”; new “Super Grover 2.0” stories and new “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” animations. Also in season 42 are many humorous celebrity moments featuring Elmo, Oscar, Abby and their friends making keen observations and showing their interest in hands-on investigation…all of which reinforce and encourage preschoolers to say: “Let’s find out!”


For more information, please visit www.seasamestreet.org.

Photos of Gustavo Dudamel with Sesame Street characters may be downloaded at http://www.laphil.com/press/image-library/index.cfm.



  • Janey says:

    I was just thinking about the BSO and bemoaning the fact that they’ll probably hire someone ………. not like this….

  • Brian says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. But my darling Bubbles (Beverly Sills) once did the Muppets and her bit with Miss Piggy still breaks me up. Quite honestly, that’s the singular event that convinced this once young fellow that classical music (and musicians) could be “cool.” As for “The Dude,” my own jury is still out. Love him with the kids from Venezuela; seems to be less “himself” with the LA Phil.

  • Janey says:

    Haha! True re Sills/Miss Piggy! And don’t forget, Renee Fleming taught the muppets how to count to 5.