Last night, LA Philharmonic Musical Director Gustavo Dudamel appeared on 60 Minutes to discuss the Venezuelan Child Orchestra system that changed his life. CBS News Reports:
There's something about Gustavo Dudamel. Maybe it's the hair? Maybe it's the joy he exudes when he's conducting. At the age of 29, he's classical music's reigning rock star. Everything is going for him - critical international acclaim, recording contracts, and last fall, he took over the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ask him about it, and he'll tell you he owes it all to a remarkable program in his native Venezuela, a social program that has used music to change his own life and the lives of millions of children there. Venezuelans call it "El Sistema" - "The System," and Dudamel wants to bring it to the U.S., where he believes it can work wonders.
WATCH Gustavo Dudamel's appearance on last night's 60 Minutes: