For months, Los Angeles has been buzzing with the news that the twenty-six year old Venezuelan conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, will take over the reins of the LA Philharmonic from Esa-Pekka Salonen starting in the 2009-2010 season. Videos of his performances with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra have been popping up on YouTube and all of a sudden, music education a la El Sistema, Venezuela’s heralded music program for young musicians, has been pushed to the forefront after a long period of neglect. Let’s hope that the excitement and fervor lasts and brings back a strong arts program to our school kids’ everyday curriculum.
And to prove that he has indeed arrived, Pink’s, the legendary hot dog stand on La Brea Avenue recently named a hot dog in honor of our future music director. The Gustavo Dudamel consists of a “stretch” hot dog with guacamole, American and Swiss cheese, grilled veggies, jalapeno and tortilla chips.