LSM Newswire

Monday, November 10, 2008


Dudamel continues with Gothenburg!

Our Music Director Gustavo Dudamel is one of the world's most sought-after conductors. Prestigious orchestras and concert halls pull him from all sides. But during the recently concluded tour, it became clear - Gustavo Dudamel chooses to extend his contract and stay in Gothenburg.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra have just come back from a two-week tour in Europe with sold out concerts, standing ovations and praise in the press. During the tour, the welcome announcement was made that Gustavo Dudamel extends his contract and remains as Music Director up until the season 2010/2011 with an option to be taken annually for further extension thereafter.

Dudamel explained his personal attachment to the orchestra and their very special way of music making. "They're an amazing group of players and we are growing together - I want to continue being a part of this tradition for years to come".

The first time Dudamel met the orchestra in 2005 produced an instant chemistry and, over the past few years, there has developed a mutual joy to work and collaborate. The two-week, sold out tour in Europe enjoyed standing ovations and extensive praise in the press. Stops in Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Spain with repertoire including Berliozĺ─˘ Symphonie Fantastique, Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, Straussĺ─˘ Ein Heldenleben and Sibeliusĺ─˘ Violin Concerto with the young star violinist Sergey Khachatryan as the soloist received an enthusiastic response from the audiences. Around 15,000 visitors heard the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra during the tour and several encores became a regular feature of each concert.

Chief Executive Edward Smith said ĺ─˙The extension is a huge expression of confidence in the GSO and we are all delighted that what started three years ago as a "substitute" occasion has developed into one of the most fulfilling musical marriages which continues to develop"

For more information about Gustavo Dudamel and the tour, contact CEO Edward Smith on telephone +46 31 726 53 04.

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