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Gustavo Dudamel: Why I don't talk Venezuelan politics

Gustavo Dudamel: Why I don't talk Venezuelan politics

My two musical families, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, will unite to play the complete symphonies of Beethoven starting Tuesday. This collaboration is thrilling for me on a personal level, and it will honor Latino pride, presence, history and power in my adopted home of Los Angeles.

But as wonderful as the moment is, I am not naive about the political stage these performances might create. It is possible that protesters will attempt to use the concerts to signal their support for or opposition to government policies in Venezuela.

As a Venezuelan and a public person, I often end up in the center of such...

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