On Tuesday night, Jay Leno welcomed Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel to The Tonight Show, marking the conductor’s debut on American late night TV. There Dudamel air kissed Queen Latifah, opened up about finding his great talent (he got his start conducting his puppets when he was just five years old), answered questions about his famously bouncy hair ("it’s the magic of music"), and plugged LA Phil Live, the live screening of the LA Phil’s matinee concert this Sunday in more than 450 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada. But it was Dudamel’s shout out to L.A., along with his signature passion, that got us clapping from the studio audience when the APPLAUSE sign wasn’t lit. "You pass the world in [L.A.]," he said. "It’s a city of new tradition. It’s a city always open to do new things, and that is beautiful."
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