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High School Musicians

Posted in Music, Venezuela by homeyra on March 27, 2009

This deserves a separate post. I had it initially attached to the previous post Mouseland: both borrowed from Renegade Eye‘s blog.
Here are the wonderful High school musicians from Venezuela. Don’t miss Arturo Márquez‘ Danzón No. 2 at minute 6.50 directed by Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1975 by the very inspiring José Abreu, El Sistema is a publicly financed voluntary sector music-education program in Venezuela. “Our first goal is not to create professional musicians,… Our goal is to rescue the children.” Lennar Acosta, now a clarinetist in the Caracas Youth Orchestra and a tutor at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory, had been arrested nine times for armed robbery and drug offenses before the sistema offered him a clarinet.

See also: Venezuela youths transformed by music

I didn’t learn anything like that in high school, not much else either. Anyway here I am on the obsessive-compulsive mode, listening to the second part over and over again:)


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  1. boogiwoogi said, on March 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Oh Homeira,
    How did you know I love this music? Specially I like the performance by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. I’ve watched both performances on Mezzo Channel so many times.
    Tnx for the link

  2. Renegade Eye said, on March 28, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Thank you for the plug.

    That is an incredible musical experience.

  3. homeyra said, on March 28, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Welc Boogi and thx to RE!
    Among all the gloomy news, the story behind the orchestra is as wonderful as the music. Here is a youtube link to Abreu’s talk at TED.

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