Popular conductor renews contract with orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel — the charismatic Venezuelan conductor who has been filling seats at the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall since taking over as musical director of the L.A. Philharmonic in 2009 — just had his five-year contract extended through the 2019-20 season, which marks the orchestra’s centennial.

Announcement was made by L.A. Phil Assn. chair David Bohnett and prexy Deborah Borda. Dudamel expressed his continuing commitment in Budapest during the orchestra’s current seven-city tour of Europe, where, according to the Los Angeles Times, audience reaction to the orchestra and its star maestro has been “raucous, with standing ovations and shouts of acclaim.”

“It is our aspiration to build something new, something that takes us towards a brighter future for music, for education, for young people, for the community, for the sensibility of our society and their interactions with one another,” said Dudamel in a statement. “Music is at the core of everything we do.”

In the announcement, Bohnett said, “The board will continue to make significant investments in Gustavo’s unique artistic vision, as well as our comprehensive music education program, YOLA, and our groundbreaking live theatercasts, L.A. Phil Live.”

Borda added: Dudamel’s “embrace of the L.A. Phil’s ‘tradition of the new’ drives us powerfully as an institution of the 21st century which is integrated into the fabric of Los Angeles.”

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