Live this afternoon: Gustavo Dudamel and Los Angeles Philharmonic at Cineplex theatres
In my roundup commentary on 2010 between Christmas and New Year's, I mentioned how opera was a hot ticket, but the symphony less so.
I'm curious to see how that will play out at Cineplex theatres across the country this afternoon, where the company is introducing the first of three live concert broadcasts (in HD, of course), of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with its music director Gustavo Dudamel.
It's an interesting program, offering to satisfy symphony traditionalists with Beethoven's Seventh, then moving on to modern American times with Leonard Bernstein "Jeremiah" Symphony, a very serious work, and Slominsky's Earbox, by John Adams.
As with the Met broadcasts, the programme includes backstage interviews and some footage of the orchestra in rehearsal.
Toronto symphonygoers can keep a sharp eye peeled for violinist Jin Shan Dai, who is in his first season with the LA Phil, and says he is enjoying working under Dudamel.
For all the details on the three symphony programmes, click here.