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Dudamel adds his dramatic touch to a night of Mendelssohn at Hollywood Bowl

Dudamel adds his dramatic touch to a night of Mendelssohn at Hollywood Bowl

The novelty of Gustavo Dudamel's four Los Angeles Philharmonic programs at the Hollywood Bowl this summer is that each is devoted to a single composer, with one slight exception. Last week brought a sensational performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" (introduced by two short choral pieces by Eric Whitacre) and the Tchaikovsky Spectacular. He ends Thursday with Mozart. Dudamel takes to these composers as a duck does to water. But with Mendelssohn, Dudamel is more like an amphibian taking to air. He is comfortable in the environment but also ever so slightly foreign. As if coming from the depths, he bathes in and is buoyed by the magic of the light but is not of the...

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