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The US needs 'El Sistema'

Posted at 9:09 AM on October 15, 2009 by Alison Young
Filed under: Musician stories, Programs

Last week we broadcast the live concert of Gustavo Dudamel in his new role as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tonight, we'll rebroadcast that amazing concert at 8:00 on SymphonyCast.

The "dude" is Venezuelan and the most famous and successful graduate of their system of music education that helps disadvantaged youths get off the streets to make music and become better citizens in the process. It's called "El Sistema" and it just might be making its way to the US.

The New England Conservatory in Boston has just begun a fellowship program. It provides tuition-free instruction and a living stipend for young postgraduate musicians who want to develop 'El Sistema' programs in the U.S. and beyond.

I'd call that a very good start.