The hero is a dashing, 29-year-old Venezuelan musical prodigy who has revitalized the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The respective worlds he must conquer are governed by the crusty, intimidating trio of Beethoven, Tchaikovsy and Brahms.
But chances are Gustavo Dudamel will triumph, as he always does, in LA Phil Live, a series of three live concert performances set to be beamed to some 450 movie theaters across the country beginning Sunday, January 9th at 2 p.m. PT. Each broadcast will include behind-the-scenes interviews with Dudamel and his musicians, rehearsal footage and a live, post-concert Q&A with the maestro.
It’s the latest cross-country movie theater simulcast to be hosted by NCM Fathom, the entertainment division of Denver-based National CineMedia. Ahead of Dudamel this year are a range of other events, from the Metropolitan Opera to a pair of Glenn Beck LIVE “Restarting the Engine of America” pep talks in early December.
In the case of LA Phil Live, it truly is another multimedia miracle. Because on that first Sunday and two to follow in March and June, 2011, Dudamel’s Disney Concert Hall reach will suddenly extend to gathered audiences in places like Raton, New Mexico, Lititz, Pennsylvania and Anacortes, Washington.