Gustavo Dudamel will be headlining at Walt Disney Concert Hall for at least seven more years, through the 2021-22 season. The charismatic maestro with the wild locks and exuberant baton extended his contract with the L.A. Philharmonic on Friday, ending whispers that he might leave for New York or Berlin.
The extension gives the orchestra star power and stability at a time when many symphonies are struggling with finances and trying to reach new audiences. Dudamel's vibrancy and Venezuelan roots have made him an ideal fit for a city open to innovative programming with a bit of flash.
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