The Bolivar Youth Orchestra, a Force to be Reckoned With, by Anne Midgette
In addition: Robert Battey, one of the Post's regular critics, attended the 4 p.m. rehearsal, which was opened up to the public after the evening concert sold out. He made a few observations after watching Dudamel in rehearsal (they rehearsed "Rite of Spring" only):
"No two ways about it; the kid is a conducting animal. He led the rehearsal without score, in complete security. In the "Danse sacrale," he had all the meter changes so internalized that he could call out random instructions while executing them. I've never seen anyone who was able to do that...
"He tends to look for, and then have his players emphasize, the most bizarre or grotesque elements in the piece... His easy rapport with the orchestra made for surprisingly efficient use of time. Although the group was young and very large, there was good concentration. Individual errors were pointed out quickly and with sympathetic humor, and in the few cases where the execution was still weak, there was no judgment or irritation.
"His hands are simply amazing. The baton's upbeat conveys complete details about the attack he is seeking; the left hand shapes the music with great expressivity, but also remains still when not needed.
"He is a phenomenon, and is getting better each time I see him."
One commenter to this blog posted his own view of the concert in the comments section of this post.
And for those who don't remember the story of Dudamel and El Sistema, the remarkable youth training program in Venezuela that spawned him and the orchestra, I outlined it in this article I wrote about him before he came with the Israel Philharmonic last November.
Edited to add: Here's Tim Smith on Dudamel in the Baltimore Sun.
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