The LA Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel will be the subject of the final hour-long “Tavis Smiley Reports” show of 2010 this Wednesday at 8. The show will not only profile Dudamel, but will focus on the social costs of gutting musical education in pubic schools. When we spoke to Smiley last week, he described Dudamel as “not just the charismatic young man with the wild hair, we’ve all seen. He’s an intellect, and the perfect person to lead a larger discussion on the price we pay for abandoning music education.”
The show will be Smiley’s fourth special of the year and will be followed up by a PBS “Great Performances” featuring Dudamel and the LA Phil.
Smiley says that thanks to his new partnership with WNET, there’s a good chance we could be seeing more of these hour-long specials in the new year.
“We’re going to do a minimum of four shows in 2011. A minimum. Hopefully we’ll be able to do more.”
Smiley says he plans to return to the theme of America’s failing educational system, this time in relation to the educational plight of young, black boys. He also has a show on China in the works, profiling the country through conversations with people he met in his travels.