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LA Phil conductor Gustavo Dudamel on 'The Tonight Show'

January 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel appeared on the Jay Leno show last night.

Dudamel said that he started conducting when he was a child, by lining up dolls and puppets and "conducting" them. (Insert violist joke here?) And can any "major media" interviewer do an interview with a musician without name-checking Justin Bieber, please? Here's the video:

Part two's got more substantial stuff, including Dudamel's musical epiphany while sitting last stand in the second violins.


From Tess Z
Posted on January 10, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Yeah, it's a comedy show but really, was the Justin Bieber blurb necessary in this particular interview?  no

"The Dude" is a down to earth, genuinely nice guy.  No airs or condescension in his tone or manner.  Classical music needs more stars like him to get people interested in the fine arts in their communities.

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