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Gustavo Dudamel speaks at Harvard

Gustavo Dudamel (center) poses with the Longy Sistema Side by Side Orchestra at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.

Tom Fitzsimmons

Gustavo Dudamel (center) poses with the Longy Sistema Side by Side Orchestra at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.

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The great Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, wrapped up a two-day visit to Harvard with an event at Sanders Theatre that included a 30-minute rehearsal with the Longy Sistema Side by Side Orchestra and a sit-down with LA Phil CEO Deborah Borda. The celebrated Venezuelan conductor was awarded Harvard’s Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award in recognition of his artistic conscience and commitment as a music educator. Asked about his goals for the future, Dudamel kept it simple: “If I want to do something in my life, it’s to unite people, not to divide.”

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