I wasn’t there (doesn’t this town know who I am yet?), but apparently Gustavo Dudamel’s debut at the Hollywood Bowl last night even convinced skeptic Mark Swed. The LA Times critic who just days earlier urged Angelenos to tone down the rhetoric surrounding the Venezuelan conductor’s debut at the helm of the Los Angeles Philharmonic got rhapsodic today. It’s an interesting piece of criticism that actually moved me to mist in the last three grafs. Aren’t we all suckers for full moons and fireworks?

Between Dudamel’s triumph and Brazil’s Olympic score, it’s been a good week for the elevation of South American culture.

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