By David Ng
5:00 AM PST, December 2, 2013
With numerous high-profile projects already in various stages of design, including Facebook headquarters, Los Angeles' Grand Avenue and the President Eisenhower memorial in Washington, architect Frank Gehry has signed on to create a new performance space named for conductor Gustavo Dudamel in Venezuela.
Gehry, who designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has been hired to envision a new facility that will include a concert hall, rehearsal studios and educational space, according to Dudamel's London manager.
The building will be located in Dudamel's hometown of Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
Plans for La Sala Dudamel -- or Dudamel Hall -- were recently announced by José Antonio Abreu, the founder of Venezuela's El Sistema music education program, at a televised news conference. Abreu has served as Dudamel's mentor since the conductor was a young student in the El Sistema program.
Details of the new facility and a completion date have not been disclosed.
Dudamel, who is music director of the L.A. Philharmonic, collaborated with Gehry on a 2012 production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at Disney Hall. The architect has previously designed performance halls in Miami and at Bard College in New York.
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