Born in Venezuela, Dudamel is one of the most prolific maestros in the world. He performed with Beyoncé and Billie Eilish and conducted Steven Spielberg’s score in 2021 West Side Story reboot, and he is currently musical director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Paris Opera. “What makes me love what I do is being able to share the joy with people,” says Dudamel. On August 2, he will lead the Encuentros Orchestra, made up of young musicians from 19 countries, in a rendition of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 for his final appearance in a series of summer concerts marking the 100th anniversary of the Hollywood Bowl.
“It’s amazing to be back,” Dudamel says of the live music return. “We understand the true meaning of performing for an audience.” For this issue, Dudamel has curated a playlist around the theme of performance, choosing songs that he says are “related to friends and special times.” In addition to “Fruta Fresca” by Colombian singer-songwriter Carlos Vives, it included “El Puñal y el Corazón” by Mexican ensemble Café Tacvba and “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. “Chris Martin is a brother,” Dudamel says of the latter group’s frontman. “And we share the vision of music as a tool for social transformation.”
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