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Gustavo Dudamel Featured this Week on Symphony @ 7

The exciting conductor Gustavo Dudamel was named Musical America's 2013 Musician of the Year, and we'll be featuring him on the podium all this week on Symphony @7.   Some fine music making is in store, so I hope you can join me. The still young Venezuelan conductor, who was born in 1981, has had a stellar career already.  He has been the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2009, but as I'm sure many of you already know, he came to prominence quite a bit earlier for his charismatic leadership of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.  People recognized early on that this was a kid with real talent and not just charisma.  He won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Prize in Germany in 2004, and his career took off after that. It turns out Dudamel has a penchant for conducting really big orchestral pieces, too.  And he does it well, as you'll find out on Symphony @ 7 this week if you're not already familiar with his recordings.  Tonight, we have Hector Berlioz's great Symphonie fantastique, an hour-long work that is one of the high points of early French Romanticism in the 19th Century. Later in the week, we'll be hearing him conduct Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and, yes, Gustav Mahler.  So don't miss some exciting performances from one of the "super-stars" of the conducting world.  Gustavo Dudamel is one of those rare people who come along every so often to give the world of classical music a shot in the arm to remind everyone else that there is some great music-making going on. It turns out he has plenty of prominent fans.  Here he is performing for the Pope: http://youtu.be/Eo1KHr-b-CA