The health crisis caused by the coronavirus has meant that artists have to reinvent themselves. On this occasion, the turn has been for Gustavo Dudamel, director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (LA Phil), and his wife, the Spanish actress María Valverde.
Under the title SOUND/STAGE, LA Phil has organized a virtual project with which he intends to continue transmitting a classic repertoire inspired, on this occasion, by the poems of the Chilean Pablo Neruda.
The show, which is named Love in the time of COVID will be released on the internet on Friday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m. local time in Los Angeles (17:00 GMT). This will be the first episode of a series of concerts that, in addition, will feature the narration of María Valverde, the baton of Dudamel and the mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges as a special guest.
The songs to be performed will include Neruda Songs: My love, if I die and you don’t die, a work of Peter Lieberson inspired by the poet. In addition, there will be space for pieces of George Walker Y Gustav Mahler.
The Venezuelan director has shown today on his Twitter account a small preview of Love in the time of COVID in which the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles totally empty and where the members of LA Phil wear their corresponding mask and keep the safety distance while they perform the works of the program.
My love, if I die and you don’t die,
let’s not give pain more territory:
my love, if you die and I don’t die,
there is no extension like the one we live in.
– Pablo Neruda (Sonnet XCII)
– Gustavo Dudamel (@GustavoDudamel) September 23, 2020
Love in the time of COVID Thus, it represents a new collaboration between Dudamel and Valverde who, during confinement, joined forces in another joint project: a radio program entitled At home with Gustavo that the director used to keep in touch with the public.
In the same way, in 2019, both participated in a new version of The dream of a nigth of summer by Félix Mendelssohn. “It was a unique, special experience, full of nerves”, said María Valverde.