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Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado turns on the charm at Hollywood Bowl

Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado turns on the charm at Hollywood Bowl

The rumor mill surrounding the search for a new music director of the New York Philharmonic when Alan Gilbert's contract expires in 2017 is ever active. Among the names that keep coming up is Pablo Heras-Casado.

Given the secrecy of such searches, it is hard to know just how interested the New Yorkers might be in the 37-year-old Spanish conductor. Industry insiders suspect him to be on a shortlist, though a long shot given that Heras-Casado has yet to head a major symphony orchestra.

So the question at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night, when Heras-Casado conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was whether any spies from the search committee were on hand.

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