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Of Note: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel to receive McDermott award

Los Angeles Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel
Los Angeles Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel
Photo: Chris Christodoulou

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been selected to receive the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, one of the most generous arts honors in the United States.

Now in his inaugural season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel will join a list of distinguished recipients of the award including writer Junot Díaz, architect Santiago Calatrava, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and artist Isaac Julien. Beyond a $75,000 cash prize, the McDermott award offers recipients a campus residency.

The goal of the residency is to provide unparalleled access to the energy and research found in the MIT community and to connect the recipient with departments, laboratories and research centers throughout the Institute in ways that are mutually enlightening.

“You cannot imagine how excited I am to visit MIT and see the wonderful music program and the Media Lab first hand — the next generation in music and technology all in one place!” Dudamel said. “I am deeply honored that MIT has coupled this with the prestigious McDermott prize, which I will use to further support my ‘next generation’ projects in the field of music and education.” Dudamel’s residency at MIT will take place in April 2010.

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