Click the play button to hear our chat with Gustavo Dudamel backstage at the Norton Center for the Arts after the rehearsal of his concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The first question was posed by Chris Floyd of Centre College, who asked Dudamel about his favorite pieces to conduct.
Dudamel addressed the question of why he was coming to a small Kentucky town, posed most loudly by the Los Angeles Times, saying, “Music can go everywhere, and here is a beautiful place with very nice people, and it’s amazing to come here to give music and receive energy. Because today we were playing this rehearsal for young people, and for them, it was amazing to see the Vienna Philharmonic playing this amazing repertoire for them, and then they gave their energy to us. So, music is for everybody.”
He also recalled how much he enjoyed hearing some bluegrass music performed by Kentucky Blue at Taylor Made Farm Sunday night.
“You cannot imagine, they told me, ‘If you do not go, we will leave you here,’” Dudamel said, referring to the musicians in the Vienna Philharmonic, who were ready to get to their hotel Sunday night. “Even the bluegrass musicians were like, ‘OK Maestro, we have to go because we have to rest for a concert tomorrow, and I was saying, ‘One more! One more!’
“It’s the soul of the place. Music, art is the soul of the places that you visit.”