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Dancing To Her Own Beat: Q & A with Actress/Musician/Humanitarian Maria Conchita Alonso

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.19.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Just two years after immigrating to the United States, Cuban born, and Venezuelan raised, Maria Conchita Alonso, made her Hollywood film debut in 1984...

Our Best and Our Worst

Edward Goldman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Exactly three weeks ago in my Art Talk, I spoke about Paris, the beautiful city that's been in the news and on our minds for tragic reasons. I said there is no doubt that "with its indomitable spirit and enduring troves of art and culture, the city --and France itself --will overcome."

Gustavo Dudamel, It's Okay: El Sistema's Kids Can Take It

Laurence Vittes | Posted 09.30.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

A grave firestorm of controversy surrounds Gustavo Dudamel's muted support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela. Sound familiar? It's the product of the youth orchestra program from which Dudamel rose, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic of which he is now Music Director.

CultureZohn: Ode to Dudamel

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.29.2016 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Dudamel has become the embodiment of the cultural renaissance of Los Angeles. I never tire of watching the dip in his knees when a particularly pungent musical passage comes along and then the way he rises on his toes for a fanfare. His solidarity with the youth of his troubled native country is commendable and this is where he feels his focus should be. But is the Ode to Joy Dudamel's sotto voce answer to his critics who decry his silence on Venezuela? Beethoven may have been deaf, but Dudamel is not.

CultureZohn: Mid-Century Mozart

Patricia Zohn | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Peter Gelb: Take note! Though the Met audiences expect their (significant) money's worth, with all the union troubles this year, bringing productions like this one for a "newcomers" series at the Met with reduced prices could be an answer to building new audiences. Just sayin'.

Tracing Beethoven's Steps in Bogotá: Gustavo Dudamel

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

From July 8-12, Gustavo, his Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar from Caracas, and audiences at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, will trace together the steps of Beethoven's genius.

Gustavo Will Conduct All 9 Beethoven Symphonies for First Time Ever

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

For the first time ever in his career, Gustavo Dudamel will conduct all nine Beethoven symphonies on successive nights, in numerical order.

Gustavo Dudamel Will Conduct His First Ever Complete Beethoven Symphonies Cycle, July 8-12, 2015, in Bogotá

Laurence Vittes | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Since its opening five years ago, this vast arts complex has fulfilled the mission of the Santo Domingo family who imagined and built it, and the vision of Ramiro Osorio who directs it.

CultureZohn: Do All Women Really Behave That Way? Cosi Fan Tutte at the LA Philharmonic

Patricia Zohn | Posted 07.28.2014 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Though women are generally portrayed as schemers, in this case it is the men who pose the challenge -- something like Bridesmaids-meets-Hangover for the 18th century.

Truth to Power

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The other night I heard a work that I had not come across for many years. It was a big symphonic piece that lasts about 30 minutes by the German comp...

"Tim's Vermeer:" Film Review

Ira Israel | Posted 08.20.2016 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

What an extraordinarily delightful surprise it was to stumble upon "Tim's Vermeer" which was made with such child-like wonder that mirrors its main subject, namely the obsessive mind of a curious, mad genius. Viewing this film is akin to watching Leonard Bernstein unwittingly discover Mahler's 11th symphony.

Famed Musician Yo Yo Ma Talks Gustavo Dudamel and What He Failed in College

Susan Michals | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan Michals

You probably didn't know that not only is Yo Yo Ma is not only one of the most pervasive, iconic musicians of our time, he's also hilarious.

Shout, Laugh and Cry! The Youth Orchestra of Colombia and Gustavo Dudamel

Laurence Vittes | Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Representing the dreams of 250,000 children, and showcasing one of the finest fruits of Colombia's El Sistema-based, youth orchestra initiative, the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia made its North American debut Friday night, in Miami Beach.

PHOTOS: The Best Acts Coming To The Bowl This Summer

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 04.23.2013 | Los Angeles

The Hollywood Bowl 2013 schedule keeps getting better and better. While some Angelenos might feel that Coachella is the true benchmark of summer's sta...

The World's Greatest Beethoven Festival: 'Bogotá es Beethoven'

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.06.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

In addition to the social and artistic goals that were accomplished, the festival further defined Teatro Mayor director Ramiro Osorio's vision of theaters as public workspaces to the point where that vision can now serve as a template for replication and localization.

Famous Conductor Questioned In Israel

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel was detained in Israel earlier this month following a performance with the country's Philharmonic Orchestra. Acco...

The Man Who's Changing Music Education

VOXXI | Delfin Carbonell Basset | Posted 01.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The binding, the bonding effect of music on people, few other arts can achieve. It brings men together, it soothes the spirit, it frees us of despair,...

The Ultimate Success Story... From Venezuela

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Where will the next classical music sensation come from? To keep things interesting, I hope it will be another unexpected corner of the world.

Creative Arts Managers

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.15.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While I still believe the best arts managers are those who come to solutions that are based on their organizations' unique situations, there are many arts managers who do not bring that level of creativity to their work.

Rock Star Conductor's New Musical Release

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 08.20.2012 | Arts

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is the rock star of the classical music world. The Venezuelan-born musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic won a Gr...

Grammy Recap: Maná Wins, Whitney Houston Remembered

Voto Latino | Posted 04.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

While it's pretty pathetic to lump various genres into one category (i.e Latin and Reggae) I guess that's where offsprings like the Latin Grammys come in.

Dudamel Conducts a Thousand in Mahler's 8th - Wow!

Jay Weston | Posted 04.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

The conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, combined our local symphonic group with the Simón Boliver Orchestra of Venezuela in playing Mahler's Eighth Symphony, called 'Symphony of a Thousand."

Best Education Books of 2011

Gary Stager | Posted 03.27.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

Readers will be empowered to dream bigger, act bolder and eschew the incrementalism plaguing public education policy.

Haiku Reviews: 'Hair', Cirque du Soleil and Some Electric Cellos

Posted 01.03.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditio...

Honoring Ernest Fleischmann, Legendary Impresario

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 05.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Barbara Isenberg

With one music director after another, Fleischmann extended the orchestra's reach musically, financially and geographically.