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The 2018 classical season at the Hollywood Bowl kicked off in fine fashion this week when Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in a program of music by Mr. Classical Music himself, Leonard Bernstein. Dudamel’s summer residency continues this weekend when he leads a concert performance of Verdi’s great Shakespearean opera Otello. In a conversation backstage at the Hollywood Bowl, Dudamel told KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about the time he accidentally broke one of Bernstein’s batons, how he’s looking forward to making his Metropolitan Opera debut later this year (conducting Otello), and the ongoing impact in his life of his late mentor, the founder of El Sistema Maestro José Antonio Abreu.

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