Early (short) reviews of Dudamel and LA Phil Live from theaters via Twitter

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Thousands of people across the United States and in Canada have just finished watching Gustavo Dudamel conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic live in some 450 movie theaters. The first of three planned LA Phil Live transmissions of the orchestra was Sunday’s matinee program at Walt Disney Concert Hall: John Adams’ “Slonimsky’s Earbox,” Leonard Bernstein’s First Symphony and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, plus a Brahms encore.

We’ll have a full report and a review by Times music critic Mark Swed soon at


Ticket-holders with busy fingers were tweeting their own commentary from movie theaters, some even at intermission. Many were taken by the conductor’s vibrant personality, seen in abundance in the backstage footage from Walt Disney Concert Hall, others by the orchestra’s performance. A sampling:

@devoncestes: Every minute of backstage footage of Dudamel has been entirely adorable.

@vinv22: This is awesome! They show him rehearsing, backstage. Directing and then interview him! Like a coach coming off the field.

@nprclassical: Dudamel and the LA Phil, certainly energizing the movie theater audience here in Washington , DC

Steve Paul, presumably a fan for the losing Kansas City Chiefs, took solace in the concert:

@sbpaul: Post-football uplift: Gustavo D and LA Phil play Beethoven (7th), Bernstein, Adams, Brahms live on big movie screen. #kc #arts

Marc Geelhoed, whose Twitter profile identifies him as manager of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s record label, was taken by soloist Kelley O’Connor during the Bernstein:

@marcgeelhoed: End of Jeremiah sym by la phil was intense....very powerful, sustained slow music-making. Never heard kelleyo’connor better, either.

Apparently, however, not everyone was overwhelmed:

@fabulousatj: Grandma brought me to the movies not to see tron but to see the la philharmonic, 2 30 hrs of torture and sleep with old people laughing ...


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-- Sherry Stern