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September 17, 2009
See a conducting phenom via webstream...

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He's called "the Dude".

No, I'm not talking about the Big Lebowski.

I'm talking about the 28-year-old conductor Gustavo Dudamel - the hottest and most exciting conductor to hit the concert scene since Leonard Bernstein.

Dudamel, whose performances are usually described with the superlatives "captivating", "fresh" and "electric", takes over at the Los Angeles Philharmonic this October.

But good luck finding tickets.

But for the curious and the devotee alike, a taste of the Dudamel charm will be available this Saturday via webstream when he conducts the Berlin Philharmonic.

For this concert, the Berliners will offer its first ever performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12.

The concert, which will be streamed live in HD, begins at 8:00 p.m. Berlin time and will be webcast at

The webstream broadcast is the fourth Berliner Philharmonic concert to be webcast through Digital Concert Hall this season. Over the season, 33 concerts will be webcast live from Berlin. The performances will also be available later on the site's video archive.

Access to the Digital Concert Hall is available by a subscription to the complete season ($209), a 30-day subscription ($55) or individual performances ($14).

Also on the program is Sofia Gubaidulina's "Glorious Percussion", a concerto for percussion ensemble and orchestra that was premiered by Mr. Dudamel and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in September 2008.

And given the fact that Dudamel's concerts in Los Angeles are mostly sold out, this might be the only opportunity for Northern Californians to catch 'the Dude" in action.

Tickets are available online at

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