Party on the stage with Gustavo Dudamel Photo: Nohely Oliveros

Party on the stage with Gustavo Dudamel

Jenna Simeonov

Happy Friday, readers!

This video has made the rounds, both in its full form and in GIF-sized bites, since Gustavo Dudamel gave a New Year’s Eve concert with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble in Caracas, Venezuela in 2007.

As a concert-going Canadian with somewhat WASP-ish roots, this rendition of “Mambo” from Bernstein’s West Side Story looks as fun as it looks disconcerting. I mean, there seems to be so many opportunities for busted instruments, all that flailing around. Still, you can’t really argue with the audience’s enthusiasm.


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