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Dudamel Acknowledges His Fans

Gustavo Dudamel did something Wednesday night I've never seen any other conductor do. At the end of the concert, after having the orchestra stand for applause, he had the entire Los Angeles Philharmonic turn 180 degrees to acknowledge the audience sitting in the conductor's circle. Of course! They're listeners, too. Nice gesture, and one that I hope can become part of the Verizon Hall tradition.

Dudamel Acknowledges His Fans

Photo: Susan Tripp Pollard/San Jose Mercury News
Photo: Susan Tripp Pollard/San Jose Mercury News

Gustavo Dudamel did something Wednesday night I've never seen any other conductor do. At the end of the concert, after having the orchestra stand for applause, he had the entire Los Angeles Philharmonic turn 180 degrees to acknowledge the audience sitting in the conductor's circle. Of course! They're listeners, too. Nice gesture, and one that I hope can become part of the Verizon Hall tradition.

In any case, here's a review of the Philadelphia concert on their current tour.

Here's what the Washington Post had to say.

Chicago here.

San Francisco here and here.

The Times weighs in on LA's Thursday night concert at Lincoln Center.

In this photo, by the way, Dudamel has his hand on the shoulder of Peter Stumpf, who used to be a cellist in the Philadelphia Orchestra. Listeners might have also spotted Carrie Dennis on stage. She was also once a Philadelphia Orchestra member. After a spell in the Berlin Philharmonic, she's now principal violist with Los Angeles.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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