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Great News!

Great News!

There's some big news out of Budapest today!

Gustavo Dudamel
The LA Phil's Music Director, now through 2018/2019!

LA Phil President and CEO Deborah Borda announced that our beloved Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil have agreed to extend his contract with the orchestra through the 2018/19 season!

The news was made official after the second program in Budapest when he announced it to the orchestra.

His original contract as Music Director of the LA Phil, which began in 2009/10, was for five years. This extension will keep him in LA through the LA Phil's centennial season in 2018/19.

In announcing the news, Gustavo said, "The connection I feel to the musicians and leadership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and to the city of Los Angeles is special. It is our aspiration to build something new, something that takes us towards a brighter future for music, for education, for young people, for the community, for the sensibility of our society and their interactions with one another - music is at the core of everything we do. It is beautiful to see the orchestra inspired by our music making and sharing that music making with the entire community."

You can read the LA Times' piece on the big announcement here and the official announcement from the LA Phil here.