It’s Our World: A Concert to Make a Difference

Phil Comments 0 Gustavo Dudamel rehearsing members of YOLA for their Hollywood Bowl debut in 2009. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times) Also By Mark Swed Los Angeles Times Music Critic September 26, 2013, 5:16 p.m. Gustavo Dudamel will do it again. He will begin his fifth season as Los Angeles Philharmonic music director like he did his first — offeringa free concertwith the Youth Orchestra LA, which he founded with the L.A. Phil, before going on to lead a very tony gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The big occasion for this year will be a celebration of Disneys 10th anniversary. What will be different, though, is that the free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday will, this time, be at Disney Hall, not the Hollywood Bowl. Since the tickets have already been distributed, the program will also be shown on a free live simulcast in Grand Park. PHOTOS: Gustavo Dudamel career in pictures What will also be different — besides the fact the YOLA players are considerably more advanced and worldly than they were five years ago (some even accompanied the L.A. Phil to London earlier this year) — is that for the first time the young musicians will sit side by side with the L.A. Phil for a performance of the bounding, folk song-inspired fourth movement of Tchaikovskys Second Symphony, known as The Little Russian, as well as for Marquezs just as upbeat and even more danceable Conga del Fuego. What wont likely change, though, is the sheer inspirational fervor Dudamel inspires in student musicians and the likelihood of tears in the eyes of even the hardest-bitten unsentimental music professionals in the audience who think theyve seen it all.

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The lawn at The Mann Center is pretty big, so I texted my wife to get her location. Normally, when you ask somebody what their location is, you ask them where they are in relation to something else. Like, “How far away are you from Wawa?” Or, “Are you to the left or the right of the beer stand?” On Friday night, the thing that stood out the most on the lawn wasn’t a thing, but a girl in a glowstick hula hoop. Mind you, Sigur Ros, an experimental post-rock band from Iceland, is not the kind of music you would typically associate with glowsticks. With eleven people on stage, including an assortment of string and horn players, going to a Sigur Ros concert is much more like going to the orchestra than it is going to a rave. When I asked my wife where she was in relation to Hula Hoop Girl, she goes, “What do you mean? That’s me.” Little did we know that actually would end up being her later that night. Sigur Ros’ set lasted just over an hour and a half — which is pretty long, but at the same time, way too short. I headed back up to the lawn to be with my friends for the last couple songs. Between the second to last and last song, Hula Hoop Girl runs across the lawn spinning her glow hoop around her arm. My wife and I started clapping. We weren’t clapping to be mean. We were clapping because she was filled with joy, we were filled with joy, and clapping just seems like the appropriate thing to do when you’re filled with joy.

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Richie, 64, didnt even pretend he was going to play anything new on the fifth stop of his month-long All The Hits All Night Long tour. I am prepared to sing every song I can remember, he announced smoothly. The good news is, were going to sing all the songs. The bad news is, I hope I can remember them. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Richies been crooning the same songs for so long Penny Lover, Truly, Ballerina Girl, Lady that he could probably sing them in his sleep. The same could be said of the members of the predominantly middle-aged crowd. We have known each other a long time, he cooed onstage, flashing a big smile at the ladies in the front row who werent seat-sharing but instead jumping up and down and shrieking. Richie instructed people in the arena to go back in time and reminisce about when they first heard his songs, and where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with. From the dreamy looks on many peoples faces, those were some happy memories. What could have been an incredibly sleepy affair with so many slow love songs actually zoomed by, as Richie basked in his former glory, strolling back and forth across the stage, pausing to tell the history of some of his (and the Commodores) most well-known hits, including Still, Stuck On You and Three Times a Lady. Richies voice, strained at some points, still provided enough power for bursts of energy for Dancing on the Ceiling and the island-themed smash All Night Long. Although it was a little unsettling to see Richie (whos Grandpa Lionel now, he reminded everyone, although his grandkids call him Pop Pop) make the hourglass-figure hand motions with Brick House. But Richie embraced the cheesiness, with some especially awkward dancing: lots of hip swivels and pointing of index fingers in the air. Easily winded, he caught his breath a couple times as he soaked in the screams from the audience and wiped the sweat from his forehead with a small towel. No mention was made of his recent return to pop-culture relevance with last years Tuskegee , a compilation of countrified versions of his songs featuring guest stars that include Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. It was his first No.

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On Wednesday, the South Windsor natives dream came true. I would tell my best friend Olivia all the time that I was going to sing on stage with (Michael Buble), Hebert said. Its always been such a dream of mine. Wednesday night marked Heberts fourth Michael Buble concert, and her seats at Hartfords XL Center were closer to the stage than she had ever been before. Herbert figured, being so close… nows my chance. So she made a sign that read, Let Me Sing With You Mr. Buble! and brought it along with her to the concert. Buble obliged and invited Hebert on stage to sing with him. He even let her pick the song. I dont even remember going up there, Hebert said. She said that she and her godmother, who attended the concert with her, were in complete shock for the rest of the night. Hebert chose to sing Feeling Good, a song she had been practicing during the days leading up to the concert, just in case she was asked to sing on stage. The song choice was appropriate, considering Heberts good feeling about her chances that night I was just thinking really positive, she said.