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Classical 101

Dudamel's Dancing Orchestra

If you've been around classical music for the last few years, you likely know about the spectacular rise of conductor Gustavo Dudamel to his current position as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Before Dudamel landed that prestigious gig, his energetic conducting led the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela to precipitous heights and into the vaunted ranks of artists on the Deutsche Grammophon recording label. If you've heard the orchestra's recordings, you know they're good. But if you haven't seen the orchestra play, then you're not getting the full SBYO experience. Check out Dudamel's dancing orchestra, above, in a performance of the Mambo from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story at the 2007 BBC Proms - and just try to keep your toes from tapping.