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CultureZohn: Ode to Dudamel

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Dudamel has become the embodiment of the cultural renaissance of Los Angeles. I never tire of watching the dip in his knees when a particularly pungent musical passage comes along and then the way he rises on his toes for a fanfare. His solidarity with the youth of his troubled native country is commendable and this is where he feels his focus should be. But is the Ode to Joy Dudamel's sotto voce answer to his critics who decry his silence on Venezuela? Beethoven may have been deaf, but Dudamel is not.

Tracing Beethoven's Steps in Bogotá: Gustavo Dudamel

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

From July 8-12, Gustavo, his Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar from Caracas, and audiences at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, will trace together the steps of Beethoven's genius.

Gustavo Dudamel Will Conduct His First Ever Complete Beethoven Symphonies Cycle, July 8-12, 2015, in Bogotá

Laurence Vittes | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Since its opening five years ago, this vast arts complex has fulfilled the mission of the Santo Domingo family who imagined and built it, and the vision of Ramiro Osorio who directs it.

Truth to Power

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The other night I heard a work that I had not come across for many years. It was a big symphonic piece that lasts about 30 minutes by the German co...

The Magic of Us: Music Unites Brings the Power of Music to Los Angeles

Michelle Edgar | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Michelle Edgar

My goal was to make sure that music was accessible to students across the nation, despite their backgrounds. I believe that music is the one thing that really unites us all, that transcends all borders, and this was something I wanted to bring to life.

Shout, Laugh and Cry! The Youth Orchestra of Colombia and Gustavo Dudamel

Laurence Vittes | Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Representing the dreams of 250,000 children, and showcasing one of the finest fruits of Colombia's El Sistema-based, youth orchestra initiative, the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia made its North American debut Friday night, in Miami Beach.

The Man Who's Changing Music Education

VOXXI | Delfin Carbonell Basset | Posted 01.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The binding, the bonding effect of music on people, few other arts can achieve. It brings men together, it soothes the spirit, it frees us of despair,...

The Ultimate Success Story... From Venezuela

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Where will the next classical music sensation come from? To keep things interesting, I hope it will be another unexpected corner of the world.

Border Crossings: The Venezuelans Are Coming!

John Densmore | Posted 02.02.2013 | Arts
John Densmore

The milagro (magic) of El Sistema -- Venezuela's program of taking impoverished kids and teaching them classical music -- can be summed up in one sentence uttered by its founder: "If you put a musical instrument in the hand of a kid, he or she will not pick up a gun."

Why Music Is Important: El Sistema Makes the Case to the World

Tony Woodcock | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Tony Woodcock

In 2008, I made my first visit to Venezuela to see El Sistema. By then, I had heard several colleagues' reports about the miracle that was happening in this developing country. But nothing prepared me for the powerful impact of music and music-making I experienced.

Accentuate the Positive

George Heymont | Posted 10.01.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

A collection of shorts from this year's San Francisco International Film Festival demonstrates what can happen when people steer their thoughts in a positive, rather than negative direction.

Sing Me the Learning

Meg Campbell | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Meg Campbell

Take a look at the Lady Gaga parody,"Snakes Are Born This Way," created by second graders and their teachers at Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston for a smile and a reminder of what learning and high quality student work can look like.

The Loss of the Old

Carey Perloff | Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts
Carey Perloff

Why do we assume classics are impenetrable and obsolete? Why do we imagine that an ecology that privileges "emerging artists" while all but abandoning mature ones, let alone historical ones, will have resonance in the long run?

Gustavo Dudamel Receives A Hero's Welcome Back Home

AP | IAN JAMES | Posted 04.17.2012 | Los Angeles

CARACAS, Venezuela — Star conductor Gustavo Dudamel is thrilling fans in Venezuela as he performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the firs...

A Simple Innovation: Spend the Money Wisely

John Merrow | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Why is the notion of trying to give poor kids the opportunities that rich kids take for granted anti-American?

Best Education Books of 2011

Gary Stager | Posted 03.27.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

Readers will be empowered to dream bigger, act bolder and eschew the incrementalism plaguing public education policy.

This Thanksgiving: Why Our City's Underserved Children Are Thankful for Music Education

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.22.2012 | Education
Kristi York Wooten

Entrepreneur Al Meyers was attending a TED conference in Palm Springs in 2009 when a presentation by TED Prize winner and Venezuelan conductor and economist Jose Antonio Abreu sparked an idea.

WATCH: Amazing Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Stuns America

AP | By CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES -- Gustavo Dudamel stands off to the side of an orchestra of T-shirt clad teens as they laboriously rehearse Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5...

Why Our Children Should Reach for the Stars

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Christina Patterson

I didn't know that a bunch of South Americans could make me cry so much. It wasn't just the applause, or the smiles, or the yells, from all around, of...

Sports, Christian Values and the Arts?

Freddie Gershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Freddie Gershon

Athletic programs have been supported in school for a very long time. We shouldn't have to choose one over the other. How about giving the arts parity with sports and seeing what happens?

Off the C(H)uff: Gustavo Dudamel Connects

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-08-03-outsidehair.jpg Dudamel says, "I think I can speak to people, about the beauty of the art and the music and the beautiful connection they need to have. The important thing for us as artists is to build bridges."

Linda Ronstadt On The Promise of Music

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

If you were interviewing Linda Ronstadt, would you be tempted to ask her to sing a few lines from your favourite song? Oh, I don't know, maybe "Silver...

El Sistema Comes to the USA

Amy Novogratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amy Novogratz

El Sistema has already transformed the lives of thousands of Venezuelan children and produced extraordinary talent. With the support of the world, it would transform the lives of many more.

TED Talks: Gustavo Dudamel And The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra (Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño) is the national high school age youth orchestra of El Sistema, Venezuela's gr...

Gustavo Dudamel and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra: A Musical Sensation from Venezuela

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra contains the best high school musicians from Venezuela's life-changing music program, El Sistema.