The Maduro regime has cancelled Gustavo Dudamel’s September concerts in four US cities with the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, upping the pressure on the conductor to toe its political line.
The Venezuelan president issues a personal attack on the conductor at the weekend.
It seems Dudamel is now classed as a semi-dissident.
UPDATE: Dudamel tweeted: ‘Heart-breaking cancellation of our 4-city NYOV US tour. My dream to play with these wonderful young musicians cannot come true this time. We will continue to play and to fight for a better Venezuela and a better world.’
The LA Phil has announced a replacement programme for the cancelled NYOV visit.
The performance of the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, scheduled for September 17 at the Hollywood Bowl, has been cancelled. The original program of Café Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia and Mon Laferte is still confirmed. The event will feature a celebration of Latin communities, and will kick off Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California.