Just in: Dudamel to conduct a Sondheim musical

Just in: Dudamel to conduct a Sondheim musical


norman lebrecht

February 19, 2019

The LA Phil rolled out its new season today.

The music director will conduct Sunday in the Park with George. Who’d have thought?

Also in the mix:

Salonen and the Weimar Republic, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Exploration of a Fabled Era’s Revolutionary Musical Culture
· A Viennese New Year’s Celebration with Zubin Mehta
· Collaborative Programs by Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki with Star Violinist Leila Josefowicz
– And a Season-Climax Performance by Dudamel of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.



  • Doug says:

    Anyone else look closely in that photo to see just how filthy that door is right beside his “star”? Let’s hope it’s not from one (or more) of LA’s thousands of homeless relieving themselves in public.

    • Paul Sullivan says:

      If you look closely, you can see it’s actually some wet concrete splash back from the new edging put back after installation of the large star tile.

      • Doug says:

        So you’re saying construction workers are lazy and sloppy? In LA, the majority of construction workers are African American or Native American. That makes you a racist.

    • Raul Godoy says:

      While it is somewhat fun to walk up and down Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street near their intersection, and read the names of artists who have stars on the sidewalk; a lot of the businesses are not that glitzy. Although the area is slowly improving, in my on-off trips over 17 years, it has been very slow.

  • MacroV says:

    Just those couple items merit a “wow!” I hope the mention of “Sunday in the Park” wasn’t intended as disparagement.

  • Phillip Ayling says:

    And even more eclectic, since neither Led Zeppelin nor The Who are available, I believe that Gustavo and his band will be providing music for the Academy Award broadcast on Sunday.

    • NYMike says:

      Wow – that’s a first!

      • M2N2K says:

        And possibly last, at least for immediate future. While “providing music for the broadcast” is a bit of an overstatement, it is true that LA Phil musicians will indeed be on stage of the Dolby Theater this Sunday evening performing a piece by John Williams during the show’s annual “In Memoriam” segment.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      What is wrong with classical musicians gaining a higher profile for an international event? Surely putting our kind of music front and centre is the best way raise its profile. Unless……

      And let’s remember that musicians from the LAPO played many of the musical scores for films since the advent of sound. It’s not such a stretch, therefore, to see/hear them at the Academy Awards.

  • Tom says:

    What makes a collaborative program different from the other kind?

  • fflambeau says:

    His hands are SO SMALL! (To steal a line from Harvey Korman).