Gustavo Dudamel at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

| March 28, 2011 | Parties

Though Gustavo Dudamelhas appeared at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts before, his recent visit was the first conducting the L.A. Philharmonic. The concert was part of a full Saturday at the RenĂ©e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, as it was followed by a gala dinner chaired by the magnificent Marsha Anderson, with honorary chairs Elizabeth Segerstrom and Debra Borda. We think we saw O.C. indie musician Matt Costa sitting behind the orchestra—a prime location to catch Gustavo’s groove as he put the orchestra through its paces with pieces by Webern, Takemitsu and Bruckner. The concert included the shortest time to intermission we’ve yet encountered (15 minutes, tops!), due to the breathtaking brevity of the first two works. And why is the actress from Nip/Tuck here, some wondered during the Champagne reception. “She’s someone’s niece,” was the explanation—and haven’t we all heard that before? Apparently true, in the case of the stunning Kelly Carlson. But the real star power in the hall belonged to the maestro himself, Gustavo the great.

Photography by Nick Koon


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