"A friend gave me a CD of the 'Pathetique' Symphony as a Christmas present. I went home, and I put on the CD expecting to listen to Tchaikovsky. But it started 'ta ta ta taaa.' It was too long for me. I didn't understand it at first, but then I fell in love, in love, in love."
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."Gustavo Dudamel on Calvin Coolidge
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."Gustavo Dudamel on Roy L. Smith
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."Gustavo Dudamel on George Carlin
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."Gustavo Dudamel on Dr. Seuss
"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."Gustavo Dudamel on Benjamin Franklin
"Recently, I went to a disco with friends, and all the young people were saying, 'Dudamel, we want to go to your concert, but it's impossible because it's sold out.' It's really amazing."
"Going to a concert can sometimes be very difficult. It can be a long journey. There's the ticket prices. But when the music goes to the community - not the community coming to the concert - they say, 'Wow! I didn't know that this music was so amazing!'"
"Whenever I listen to a children's orchestra, I learn. They feel everything, they enjoy everything, they have amazing energy."
"In my imagination yes, I remember, when I was six years old, I was conducting all this concert in my house. But now it's real."
"My relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra brought me many times to London and I will always reflect positively on that early period of development with them - their patience, their warmth, their dedication."