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Published On: Sun, Oct 15th, 2017

Venezuelan government cancels conductor Gustavo Dudamel concerts in Taiwan and China

nsnbc : The Venezuelan government has canceled a tour by conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra which would have brought him to the National Concert Hall in the Taiwanese capital Taipei to perform Beethoven October 19-22.

Photo courtesy Gustavo Dudamel.

Photo courtesy Gustavo Dudamel.

The 36-year-old, known as Venezuela’s most prominent cultural export, repeatedly criticized the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro during the summer of 2017 amidst moves to change the 1999 Constitution adopted under the late President Hugo Chavez.

The latest cancellation was announced on Thursday, just a week before he had been scheduled to perform in Taipei, Guangzhou in China, and Hong Kong.

Writing on Facebook in Spanish and English, Dudamel expressed regrets that he and his orchestra would be unable to display his country’s talents overseas. On his Facebook page Dudamel wrote:

“This is a very sad, painful moment for me, for the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and for my country. We have once again been prevented in our wish to share the remarkable talent and hope of our people with the world. … To our friends in Taiwan, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, thank you for your understanding and support.”

Gustavo Dudamel also serves as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Dudamel, who was initially criticized for not speaking out against what many Venezuelan’s saw as a constitutional coup, ended his silence after a young viola player was killed during a protest.

A/N – nsnbc 15.10.2017

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