Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour

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Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour

Post by lennygoran » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:41 am

Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour

By MICHAEL COOPER OCT. 12, 2017


The conductor Gustavo Dudamel may well be Venezuela’s most acclaimed cultural export, and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela has come to symbolize that nation’s commitment to social programs and music education for all.

But that did not stop the government of President Nicolás Maduro from canceling the orchestra’s tour of Asia. It was the second Dudamel-led tour to be halted since the conductor criticized the government this summer amid a growing political crisis. The cancellation was announced on Thursday, a week before the tour was set to begin.

“This is a very sad, painful moment for me, for the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and for my country,” Mr. Dudamel wrote Thursday on Facebook. “We have once again been prevented in our wish to share the remarkable talent and hope of our people with the world.”

The Bolívar orchestra began as a youth ensemble and is made up of musicians who, like Mr. Dudamel, were trained by El Sistema, Venezuela’s expansive music education program. The ensemble opened Carnegie Hall’s season last year, toured Europe last spring, and was to play the full Beethoven cycle at concerts in Taipei, Taiwan; Guangzhou, China; and Hong Kong on the Asian tour.


Last month the Venezuelan government canceled Mr. Dudamel’s tour of the United States with the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

Mr. Dudamel, who is the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, has long tried to stay above the fray of politics in his native country — sometimes drawing criticism and protests for his silence.

But as the situation deteriorated over the past year, and widespread protests were greeted with harsh government crackdowns, Mr. Dudamel began speaking up — especially after an 18-year-old El Sistema-trained viola player, Armando Cañizales was killed during a street protest, prompting Mr. Dudamel to issue a statement telling the government that “enough is enough.” He went on to write an opinion piece in The New York Times condemning the government’s plans to hold a vote that would allow it to rewrite the country’s Constitution.

President Maduro mocked Mr. Dudamel in a televised appearance over the summer. “Welcome to politics, Gustavo Dudamel,” he said. “But act with ethics, and don’t let yourself be deceived into attacking the architects of this beautiful movement of young boys and girls.”

Mr. Dudamel, in his statement Thursday, called on the players in the orchestra and the young people of Venezuela to “remain strong and proud.” He added, “our spirit will not be broken, our hope will not waver, our music will not be silenced.”

“I shall never stop defending freedom of expression and the values of a just society,” he wrote. “Dark days like these are difficult, but standing together, we can rise to the challenge of improving our society.”



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Re: Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour

Post by John F » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:14 am

The Times's headline writer got it wrong. The Venezuelan government didn't and can't stop Dudamel from going wherever he wants, though he's a sharp critic of the government. What they stopped was a tour of his youth orchestra, which as far as I know has expressed no political opinions collectively or individually. But then, nobody expects governments to act rationally, do they?
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Re: Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour

Post by lennygoran » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:17 am

John F wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:14 am
The Times's headline writer got it wrong. The Venezuelan government didn't and can't stop Dudamel from going wherever he wants, though he's a sharp critic of the government. What they stopped was a tour of his youth orchestra, which as far as I know has expressed no political opinions collectively or individually. But then, nobody expects governments to act rationally, do they?
Just curious-would this headline be better? Regards, Len

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