Celebrated Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel joined the animated characters of Disney Jr.’s Latina princess series Elena of Avalor for a new Hispanic Heritage Spot aimed at encouraging kids’ musical dreams.
“Music is my life.” the L.A. Philharmonic music director tells kids in the promo, which starts airing today (Sept. 22) in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. “The most important thing is that I have a chance to share with people.”
When asked by a young musician how he became a conductor, the orchestra leader said he would play pretend that he was a conductor when he was growing up, arranging his toy soldiers like orchestra musicians. “I was 11 years old and the conductor was late, and I went to the podium and I started to conduct,” Dudamel recalled, making it sound easy — yet, hopefully inspiring other aspiring conductors to take the podium themselves.
Watch the Disney Jr.’s Hispanic Heritage spot here: