'Fiesta' Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Deutsche Grammophon B0011340-02; CD. The New York Times, November 9, 2008 (ArkivMusic, Barnes & Noble)
Gustavo Dudamel will be leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in three New York area concerts this week. At the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Saturday (Nov. 15 at 8pm), he'll conduct Bernstein's Halil and Concerto for Orchestra, "Jubilee Games," and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. They'll repeat that program at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 16 at 2pm). On Monday night (Nov. 17 at 8pm), Dudamel and the orchestra are back at Carnegie Hall with Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Brahms's Symphony No. 4. Pinchas Zukerman performs in the Bach and Bruch concertos; Nitzan Bartana, a young Israeli violinist, is the other soloist in the Bach concerto, and I hear tell that Dudamel will himself be playing in the orchestra during that piece.
An article about soprano Dawn Upshaw, the many activities that have occupied her time since receiving a clean bill of health after cancer treatments, and her desire for a life of discovery and honesty.
Upshaw will be reprising György Kurtág's Kafka Fragments at John Jay College's Gerald W. Lynch Theater on November 12 and 14, after which the production travels to Los Angeles (Nov. 18) and Berkeley (Nov. 23 & 24). She'll come to Carnegie Hall on December 7 in Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar, then on January 15 and 17 she's back in L.A., performing Kaija Saariaho's La Passion de Simone with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The nasty crud that has sapped every ounce of my strength during whatever spare moments I've had lately appears to finally gone. Pardon the extended silence, which I'll now break with three consecutive Times posts.
And to anyone reading this in the U.S. -- it's our big day today. Let's make sure we get it done right.