Dudamel and YOLA at Super Bowl 50: Too brief but Still a Win

By LOS ANGELES TIMES
Monday, February 8, 2016

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Christopher Polk / Getty Images

How disappointing was it that Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles were relegated to accompanying Coldplay and singing along with Chris Martin, Beyoncé and Burno Mars? It was disappointing.

But this was a rock event. More than 99% of the viewers couldn’t have had any idea who these kids were, since they weren't told. Nor was there any reason why they would be able to figure out why that guy in jeans somewhere on the stage (the ever-moving cameras didn’t reveal quite where) was waving his hands.