New LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel announces concerts

Usually when the L.A. Philharmonic announces its upcoming concert season, it's a low-key affair. Not today. The Phil's new conductor, the hottest classical music personality in the world, unveiled the concert list. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez: At Disney Hall, the LA Phil introduced Gustavo Dudamel's inaugural season as music director with a slick, two-and-a-half minute video.

["Hola Gustavo, bienvenido a Los Angeles."]

Guzman-Lopez: Mariachis, actor Andy Garcia, surfers straight outta the Pacific, and the staff at Pink's hot dogs gave the Venezuelan conductor a rousing welcome. He was touched, he said in Spanish, and he didn't waste time talking about what will make next season special.

Gustavo Dudamel: To involve the community in the arts is one of the most important points in our community life.

Guzman-Lopez: To that end, Dudamel's first concert on October 3rd will be a free performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony for almost 20,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl.

The innovative Kronos Quartet will be the L.A. Phil's ensemble-in-residence, and composer John Adams will inaugurate the position of creative chair. Dudamel said all that will balance well with the Brahms and Mozart also on the schedule.

Dudamel: Tradition normally is old-fashioned or old ideas. I think L.A. is having a tradition of new things and this, great.

Guzman-Lopez: Dudamel's also behind Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, modeled after the populist youth symphony program in his native Venezuela. He'll also go on the road with the L.A. Phil for a 10-city national tour. All while juggling his new life in Los Angeles, his marriage, and music director jobs in Sweden and Venezuela.