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'Vista L.A.' broadcast Jan. 10

Originally aired Sun., Jan. 10, at 11:30 a.m.
January 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
This week on Vista L.A.: Gustavo Dudamel, 'PHI'LA The Musical!,' Black and Latin music fusion, Latin Band Pedro Molina, and Luis Melendez.Here's some information from the show:

Gustavo Dudamel craze

Vista LA takes a close look at how Gustavo Dudamel, the new Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director, has taken the classical music scene in Los Angeles to a whole new level.

To learn more about the new Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel or to see him in concert, visit:

'PHI'LA The Musical!'

After losing students to gang violence, Dorsey High School Drama Instructor Jamal Speakes decided to engage his students in a unique form of "edu-tainment." Speakes wrote and developed "PHI'LA The Musical!," a profound new take on the classics "Romeo and Juliet" and "West Side Story," set in inner-city Los Angeles. The musical addresses racial tensions and violence between Black and Latino communities. Vista LA followed the cast from rehearsals at Dorsey High to a special performance at L.A. Live's Club Nokia. The story features interviews with drama instructor Jamal Speakes, and cast members Michelle Marquez, Jordan Booker and Godwin Thurton.

For information on how to support PHI'LA and to learn about the musical's 2010 tour visit: http://www.philathemusical.com

Black and Latino music fusion

Vista LA explores the history of collaboration between Latino and Black musicians in Los Angeles. Featured in the story are USC Associate Professor Josh Kun, Latino 96.3 FM Radio Personality Raq-C, Hip-Hop Artist Pitbull, WAR Lead Singer/Keyboardist Lonnie Jordan and WAR Percussionist Sal Rodriguez.

Guatemala band

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, an American tradition more than a century old, is seen by millions worldwide every year. Making its debut at the parade this year is "Latin Band Pedro Molina," a band from Guatemala with hundreds of musicians playing a variety of instruments and dancing to an array of Latin beats in vibrant costumes. The group promises to transform the streets of Pasadena into a Latin-American celebration. For many of them, performing in the Rose Parade has been a lifelong dream.

To help support the Latin Band Pedro Molina: http://www.fegalosangeles.org/welcome.html

Luis Melendez exhibit at LACMA

For the first time in 25 years, the works of the great 18th century Spanish painter Luis Meléndez returned to the U.S. LACMA Curator J. Patrice Marandel told Vista L.A. all about the exhibit featuring some of the still life painter's greatest works.

For more information on the Luis Melendez exhibit visit the L.A.C.M.A website: http://www.lacma.org

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