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Scene & Heard: Los Angeles Philharmonic 'Celebración' gala
Scene & Heard: Los Angeles Philharmonic 'Celebración' gala

The Oct. 7 "Celebración," the Los Angeles Philharmonic opening night gala, attracted 800 guests to what looked like a high-tech supper club on Grand Avenue. Judging from the crowd packing the dance floor, guests could have danced all night — when they weren't praising music director Gustavo Dudamel and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez for the night's concert of Italian and Latin classics.Jazz great Herbie Hancock called the performance "phenomenal," noting his surprise to discover that Flórez not only had sung, but also orchestrated one of the pieces. "What a wonderful program," said composer John Williams.Eva Mendes said she recognized the Latin music from her childhood and that her...

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