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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."