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Ruben Blades, Gustavo Dudamel can't quite connect with Bowl
Ruben Blades, Gustavo Dudamel can't quite connect with Bowl

Two years ago, on a warm July evening in Caracas, Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra were joined by Panamanian salsa star Rubén Blades for a huge outdoor concert. Bringing together for the first time two Latin American musical icons, the event reportedly generated enough electricity to light the Venezuelan capital and drew an audience in excess of 200,000. More than that, a cast of actors, singers and an orchestra of 140 provided the first revival in 30 years of Blades' ambitious and absurdly neglected 1980 salsa opera, "Maestra Vida." Tuesday night, as part of the Americas & Americans Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Dudamel...

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