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Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra L.A.'s Super Bowl halftime show will be a win for the arts

Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra L.A.'s Super Bowl halftime show will be a win for the arts

The announcement that Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct members of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles in the Super Bowl halftime show is big news for the world of classical music. Nothing like that has happened in the 50 years of the event.

Yet, could anything be more natural than Dudamel and YOLA at the Super Bowl? The inspiring youth orchestra, which Dudamel initiated in 2009 when he assumed his post with the L.A. Phil, is composed of mainly African American, Asian and Latino inner city kids. And after seven years of instruction and rigorous practice, they now represent the best of who we are as a society and of our future. They play rousing Beethoven...

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