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Gustavo Dudamel 'very happy' with decision to stay in L.A.
Gustavo Dudamel 'very happy' with decision to stay in L.A.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic arrived Friday needing its spirits lifted. The flight from Seoul, the last leg of an Asia tour that began in Hong Kong a week earlier, was delayed. The bus ride from Narita airport to the Tokyo hotel meant a couple of more lost hours in traffic. But some unexpected uplift, courtesy of Gustavo Dudamel, came quickly. The orchestra's music director threw a little reception party, where he plied the players with Champagne and good news: He announced he was extending his contract, set to expire in 2019, three more years. That means Dudamel, now in his sixth season, will spend at least 13 years with the L.A. Phil. "Sometimes when you make big...

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