Gustavo Dudamel recognizes no borders between different musical styles. He's just as adept at breathing new life into traditional classical-music warhorses as he is at drawing out the idiosyncratic nuances of difficult avant-garde experiments. When the L.A. Philharmonic music director deigns to indulge in a more pop-minded program, he avoids the saccharine tendencies of other conductors by leveraging the full force of the orchestra with a stately grandeur and soulful vibrancy. After guiding L.A. Phil tonight through selections by Alberto Ginastera and Silvestre Revueltas, Dudamel welcomes the great Cuban singer Omara Portuondo — a longtime member of the Buena Vista Social Club — for a set of romantic songs.
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