Dudamel turns out for World Childhood

Dudamel turns out for World Childhood


norman lebrecht

August 28, 2019

Gustavo Dudamel will make a rare return on September 11 to Gothenburg, where he cut his teeth as music director, for a World Childhood Foundation gala hosted by the King and Queen of Sweden.

The World Childhood Foundation, founded by the Queen in 1999, works to prevent violence and sexual abuse of children.




  • Gustavo says:

    Nice programme – enjoy!

    Lindblad Kungssången (Hymn to the King)

    Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

    Schubert An Silvia

    Stravinsky Suite from The Firebird (1919)

    Alfvén Polska anf Finale from The Prodigal Son

    Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila: Bacchanale

    Saint-Saëns Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix from Samson et Dalila

    Steiner Casablanca Suite

    Williams Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Strauss Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka

    • batonbaton says:

      who put that pile of bon-bons together? jeez … at least it’s music of a level this ‘conductor’ might at least be able to deal with, even though it wouldn’t tax the intelligence of a real maestro worthy of the accolade.

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Dear Gustavo: if you are Gustavo Dudamel, I just want to say I admire your music-making very much.
      I myself have experienced you only on recordings and YouTube, but my wife saw you conduct the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra (I may have the name of the orchestra wrong) at Davies Hall about ten years ago and she was mesmerized! She couldn’t say enough good things about the performance and was talking about it for days.
      She is a middle school orchestra teacher here in San Francisco and she took two of her largest classes – about 125 kids in all – to the concert. These young string players went wild, seeing and hearing people close to their age performing not only professionally, but with flair, commitment, and enthusiasm.
      Bravo, “Dude”! Long may you inspire young musicians with your energy!
      (Ignore the haters; they are gnats.)
      If you are not Gustavo Dudamel, please forward this message.

  • Meeeta says:

    Such an overrated conductor. Second coming of Zubin.

    • Gustavo says:

      Inacceptable comment in the context of a charity concert!

      Please respect the background they came from.

      • Novagerio says:

        “Please respect the background they came from”, well, in the case of the “bigger” Gustavo, you might mean Chavism, right?…

      • A M says:

        THANK YOU! VERY MUCH for putting this show together. We are dealing with an unprecedented situation of child sex trade in our region – not just our city and state. So bad we tried to help. A friend created a non-profit to work with women and children coming outof being trafficked. Think American Girl Doll and Disney Prince/ess garb we have unfortunately witnessed. The fact somebody – anybody – wish everybody is trying to do something about a topic too taboo to discuss.

        Kudos to you Dudamel – rock it! Just simply shoot the moon on this one.

        One service provider we collaborate with lost the 7 children beds – funding issues. Now – how can we fix that?

        On tbe front lines. Anybody care to commit a support or shout out forthe CHARITIES and Events and Fundraising that is out there?

        Like this wonderful Event?

    • batonbaton says:

      Zubin was a genius by comparison to that vapid podium occupier

    • Caravaggio says:

      Relative to the Dude, Mehta is (almost) Furtwängler incarnate. That’s saying something.

    • M2N2K says:

      “Second coming of Zubin” is a compliment to both of them, because Mehta is no Messiah and Gustavo Dudamel is no Zubin.

    • TimDuncman says:

      what an absolute load of horse $^&* you write. Dudamel is an absolute genius on the podium, and to suggest otherwise only shows your deep ignorance, lack of musical knowledge, and head up your a$$. If you yourself are a musician or conductor then I double down on my comments. If you are a critic, well, then that speaks to why you are such a moron.

  • The View from America says:

    Oh, joy.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    And one more thing:
    All you people – of course hiding behind anonymous names – who backhandedly insult Zubin Mehta with your smarmy anti-Dudamel comments, please post your conducting resumes showing your superior experience and expertise.
    No takers? I thought not….

  • Just curious says:

    What do you dislike about Dudamel exactly? I’m very serious, so I expect measured, constructive arguments. Unless you don’t have any of course.

    • M2N2K says:

      It is not clear to whom you are addressing your question: I don’t see any comment here expressing “dislike” of Gustavo Dudamel – only a few who state that they are not impressed by his conducting and/or musicianship as well as some who simply prefer other conductors, but there are also several who praise him quite strongly too. My previous comment here, for example, was prompted by the fact that my first personal live encounter with Zubin Mehta’s conducting happened when he was almost the same age as GD is now and in my opinion the older maestro was usually achieving more satisfying musical results with orchestras that were no better than those his younger colleague has been conducting lately. If by asking for “constructive arguments” you mean to request such details as – in measure 123 he should have been slower or softer and in 456 he should have been faster or louder – I cannot provide you any of that because I don’t have nearly enough free time to do this.

    • A M says:

      Thank You

  • Edgar Self says:

    Dudamel and his youth orchestra played the Alpine Symphony in Orchestra Hall some years ago. It was the largest orchestra I’ve ever seen, 250 before I lost count,–30 horns, two dozen trumpets, spilling into the wings and deep back-stage out the sides: sufficient, like Rolls-Royce horsepower, but somehow barely enough. Strauss conquers all, and “Nothing less than everything will do,” Aldous Huxley says in “Island”.

    The performance was no worse than others I”d heard; I’m always disappointed. The sub-titles promise so much.

    the players were crowded but professional, even when Venezuelan flags were unfurled from the balcony.. Not a favorite piece, and I like to see conductors close-mouthed with feet on the floor, but that lets out Bernstein and several others.

    Still I was thrilled by the spectacle and sheer noise, even moved, and credit him most for his youth work in the Sistema and elsewhere. Just look at Venezuela is otherwise. I know he wasn’t alone.

  • Gary says:

    While I miss Salonen, the Dude is good. And with certain musicians he’s fantastic. With Gil Shaham, for instance, the joy iof music making is palpable.