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Gustav Mahler once said, "My time will come." It certainly has – today, audiences worldwide respond to the music, imbued with all the incredible richness of human experience, that Mahler made in his all-too brief career.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, will embark upon a multi-continent, Mahler-centric journey, playing all nine of Mahler's completed symphonies in both Los Angeles and Caracas, Venezuela.
LA PHIL Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has a long relationship with the music of Mahler. Here's a look at how Mahler has helped shape the Maestro's career:
• As a teenager with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Gustavo's first program as conductor was Mahler 1.
• In 2004, Gustavo won the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra's inaugural Gustav Mahler Conducting Prize, which helped expose the budding superstar to a worldwide audience.
• In his inaugural concert as Music Director of the LA Phil in OCT 2009, Gustavo led the orchestra in – what else – Mahler 1. He also took the piece on the road, playing it as part of the orchestra's 2010 U.S. tour.
• Finally, as part of the 2010/11 season with the LA Phil, Gustavo not only presented Mahler 9, but also took THAT piece on a highly-acclaimed tour of Europe, including a two-night stand at Vienna's legendary Musikveirein – where Mahler himself conducted.
The LA Phil isn't the only orchestra observing the centenary of Mahler's death – the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the New York Philharmonic are also paying their respects to this hugely influential composer. Learn more about Mahler, his music and his legacy at these sites and by attending our pre-concert talks at Walt Disney Concert Hall, featured throughout our month of Mahler.