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How Gustavo Dudamel made his impromptu conducting debut at the White House

How Gustavo Dudamel made his impromptu conducting debut at the White House

At a White House ceremony Thursday afternoon, President Obama awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to actor Morgan Freeman, composer Philip Glass, “Zoot Suit” playwright Luis Valdez, musician Wynton Marsalis and 20 others.

But Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel should have been given the National Medal of Spontaneity.

The Venezuelan conductor had been summoned to Washington, D.C., to deliver the keynote speech to the recipients later that evening at a private dinner at the National Gallery of Art and conduct a wind quintet from his Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

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