Gustavo Dudamel is in the midst of a two-week stint at the Hollywood Bowl, conducting an eclectic mix of music ranging from the usual summer classical offerings by Beethoven to less common Bowl fare such as verismo opera and Pan-American music of various genres. Tonight’s program even includes the premiere performances of Mr. Dudamel’s own score for the movie Libertador.
His residency has also afforded the LA Phil an opportunity to try to fill some of their empty seats. The orchestra typically holds auditions and trials only when he is around since, as Music Director, he has the final say on any hiring decisions. And, according to the word on the street, make some decisions he has:
Last week, the orchestra held auditions for their 2nd/E-flat Clarinet chair vacated this past October when Monica Kaenzig left the orchestra for family reasons. At the end of the process, Andrew Lowy was offered the job. Mr. Lowy is currently Principal Clarinet of the North Carolina Symphony, a position he earned in 2010 at the ripe-ol’ age of 22 while still a graduate student of Yehuda Gilad at the USC Thornton School of Music. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard University.
I look forward to seeing and hearing both of these gentlemen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic soon. No word yet on when their official start date may be.
- Andrew Lowy (in tuxedo): courtesy of The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro, NC
- Andrew Lowy (in blue shirt): courtesy of the North Carolina Symphony
- Stéphane Beaulac: courtesy of the Orchestre Métropolitain