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A Meditation on Gershwin, Dudamel, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Barking In The Dark

They made me cry tonight.


This evening I watched a concert. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra led by the brilliant young conductor Gustavo Dudamel, with guest pianist the great Herbie Hancock. The orchestra performed an all George Gershwin program of his An American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue. It took place at The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.


The earliest music I can remember is Gershwin – either it was always on the radio, or my parents must have always had it on, as we called all record players at that time, the Victrola. As the strains of An American in Paris, played by this most marvelous orchestra, washed over me, I was immediately connected on a very visceral level to my childhood…to perhaps when I was in my crib. These melodies have always done this to me…they reside deep in my…

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7 thoughts on “A Meditation on Gershwin, Dudamel, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

  1. Haven’t heard much from you lately, Tony. Hope your busy and okay. I have been recently fascinated with the 1924 recording of “Rhapsody in Blue” because it’s so different. To me, it’s the truest and rawest version. Don’t get me wrong, I have several versions I like. A lot. But something about this first one. Maybe it really captures the Jazz Age “roaring twenties” of New York City’s past.


    Posted by Marc Thorner | October 22, 2014, 2:33 pm


  1. Pingback: Great Performances: George Gershwin: An American In Paris / Gustavo Dudamel – Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra | euzicasa - January 11, 2014

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