Morning Glories: El Sistema

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
May 19, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Every weekday at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.

As we continue to celebrate Music for Learning, we focus on musicians who have come from El Sistema, Venezuela's remarkable "system" of music education, whose vision of music training and social change is now being emulated throughout the world.

On Morning Glories, we'll hear from El Sistema's premier orchestra — the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra — as well as from some of its notable alumni.


Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
On the podium is El Sistema's most famous "graduate," Gustavo Dudamel.


Vanhal: Double Bass Concerto
Here the Orchestra's double-bass player, Edicson Ruiz, steps into a solo role.


Falla: The Three-cornered Hat Suite
The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra existed for years before it made headlines. Here's an earlier recording, with Eduardo Mata conducting.


Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Pianist Yuja Wang partners with the Orchestra in this famously challenging concerto.


Evencio Castellano: Santa Cruz de Paicarigua
Dudamel conducts this colorful 1954 piece by the Venezuelan composer Evencio Castellanos.

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