From the “Venworld” blog:
Venezuelan Music Program ???El Sistema’ on 60 Minutes
A youth music education program in Venezuela known as “El Sistema” (“the system”) was featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes yesterday. The program has taught hundreds of thousands of youngsters—starting at 2 years of age!—in poor areas of Venezuela to play classical music.
Watch the 60 Minutes broadcast.
The government-funded “Sistema” was started in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu. It has produced stars such as the maverick 27 year-old conductor Gustavo Dudamel (known to 60 Minutes viewers as “Gustavo the Great”). Dudamel made his mark conducting the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, and has been chosen to head the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra beginning in 2009.
My early grade school introduction to classical music & the cello drew me to this story. I continue to enjoy the cello (although I’m constantly frustrated with my level of expertise!) and I really think all of us should have an avocation or hobby that brings us joy & personal pleasure.
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