Gustavo Dudamel: The El Sistema Music Revolution Continued

Every Tuesday, the LIVS is highlighting another TED Talk About Music, The Arts & Creativity.

El SistemaFrom TED2009 - In our continuing profile of El Sistema, the LIVS is proud to highlight this 2009 performance from The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Playing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Arturo Márquez' Danzon No. 2, the youth orchestra displays a level of technique and musiciality that would rival the finest professional outfits.

Comprised of well over 100 of the best high school age musicians, The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra is a national program under the banner of El Sistema brining together Venezuela's at risk youth to give them direction, life skills and purpose. Dudamel, himself a product of the El Sistema program, is the director of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, containing musicians between the ages of 18 - 28, and boasting accolades like world tours and recordings on Deutsche Grammophon.

Here, one of the greatest young conductors in the world, takes the baton of the feeder orchestra to Bolivar, The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra, to celebrate the awarding of the 2009 TED Prize to El Sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu. Dudamel was recently being named the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and continues to conduct orchestras the world over.


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