Chicago Sun-Times article
The LA Philharmonic apparently hired its new music director, Gustavo Dudamel, right out from under the nose of the Chicago Symphony, where the young Venezuelan appeared last week as a guest conductor. “[Chicago’s] backstage was jumping with well-wishers, agents, heads of other orchestras and the CSO’s own musicians as it hadn’t since Daniel Barenboim’s farewell concerts or Georg Solti’s retirement as music director. The Internet was abuzz and speculation was rife that the CSO might be able to work out some arrangement with Dudamel.”
26-year-old Gustavo Dudamel certainly is the new kid on the block! Not only does he continue to wow audiences and critics everywhere he appears, but now he’s landed one of the top conducting jobs, taking over the Los Angeles Philharmonic when Esa-Pekka Salonen’s contract finishes two years from now. This article tells the sad story of how Chicago’s hopes to nab the wunderkind went up in smoke.