(Retraction: A reader has confirmed my wrongness. It was Jayce Ogren with a shaved head.)
My boyfriend and I went to a free LA Phil concert at Disney Hall and we got a real treat, Gustavo Dudamel was conducting! (Or someone who looked alot like him with a shaved head.) How very generous of him. Jayce Ogren was scheduled to conduct and from where I was sitting it looked like Gustavo. Gustavo conducting at that event would be like Brad Pitt introducing one his movies at the Arclight on a random Tuesday matinee.
Esa-Pekka Salonen of the LA Philharmonic has stepped down as Music Director and Conductor and in his place is now Gustavo Dudamell of Venezuela. There will be no debates owing to his youthful age of 26 as Salonen was also 26 when he began conducting at LA Philharmonic.
It was just a sampler of favorite movements by Beethoven, Bernstein and Stravinsky, but it was wonderful seeing a very full house at Disney Hall enjoying the real treasure that is the LA Philharmonic.
If you love music you have to go LA Disney Hall for the upcoming LA Phil Classical season. It’s going to be very spectacular. Don’t let the Disney label fool you. I sat and watch them build that place. I have odd hobbies. It is such a superior venue in regards to sound in comparison to Dorothy Chandler and there is not a bad seat in the house. A bad seat at Disney Hall is like bad weather in LA, it does not exist.
Esa-Pekka Salonen ushered in a great age for classical musical in Los Angeles and I am expecting much of the same from Gustavo. We have a rock star conductor in LA, even though now he has a shaved head, so maybe punk rock star would be a better description.