Great Performances features classical music’s new star
Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010
Great Performances spotlights the opening night concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel, featuring renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Actress Eva Mendes hosts “Celebracion! Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic with Juan Diego Florez,” airing Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET.
Flórez and Dudamel, close friends off the concert stage, developed the special lineup of bel canto arias and popular Latin American canciones by Rossini, Granda, Lara, Moncayo, Grever, Gutiérrez, and Márquez for “Celebración!”
In describing the conductor’s interpretation of Rossini’s “Semiramide” overture, critic Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times enthused, “Dudamel rode Rossini’s crescendos like a surfer on an epic wave, sending nature’s power into the concert hall. He brought out wonderful instrumental details. The orchestra sparkled.”
Looking for more Dudamel? Don’t miss Tavis Smiley Reports “Dudamel: Conducting a Life,” an intimate look into the life and artistry of the charismatic conductor, airing Thursday, Dec. 30 at midnight/11 p.m. CT.