From the press release:
New York, March 14. The Americas Society presented its Cultural Achievement Award to Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel for his many outstanding artistic and humanitarian accomplishments. One of the most celebrated conductors of his generation, Dudamel, 35, is the music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. As a humanitarian, he is globally recognized for his dedication and commitment to transform the lives of thousands of young people by sparking in them a passion for music. Dudamel received the Cultural Achievement Award at a special ceremony on Saturday, March 12… from Council of the Americas President and CEO Susan Segal.
‘Maestro Gustavo Dudamel,’ said Segal, ‘brings together in one person extraordinary musical talent, a passion for education, and a new vision for achievement and advancement that have touched the lives of thousands of young people around the world.’
“On behalf of all the people who believe and engage in the vision that music and the arts can be a vehicle for social change, I am very honored to accept this award,’ said Dudamel. ‘In our extremely complex world, it is my hope that music will continue to inspire and heal people. This has been and remains my goal.’