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Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Gustavo Dudamel appears on Sesame Street.
Gustavo Dudamel, with baton conducts penguins
 as Elmo (with cute fuzzy red fur) looks on. Stupendous!
Image © 2012 Children's Television Workshop/PBS.
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel became the latest celebrity to join Elmo on Sesame Street. The Dude (or El Duderino, if you're not into that whole brevity thing) discussed the meaning of the word "stupendous" with Elmo. He then auditioned a violin-playing sheep, an octopus playing the drums, and an all-penguin choir singing the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.