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Gustavo Dudamel taps into the power of sound at the Hollywood Bowl

Gustavo Dudamel taps into the power of sound at the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night may not have been a galaxy far, far away, but Holst’s “The Planets” and the premiere of an Icelandic violin concerto did give Gustavo Dudamel some musical and emotional distance from the tensions in his native Venezuela.

The evening also provided a warm welcome from an enthusiastic and large crowd for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music director, returning to the Bowl after a monthlong absence and a disheartening weekend. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro first attacked Dudamel for his nonpartisan, pro-democracy and anti-violence stance. Maduro then took his political pique out on the children, canceling the U.S. tour of the new...

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