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FanFaire celebrates GUSTAVO DUDAMEL
SUPERCONDUCTOR!

From the ranks of Venezuela's El sistema rises a young man with the makings of a  
 
SUPERCONDUCTOR!!!  
 

 

And with him, a musico-socioeconomic MODEL for the rest of the world!

SUPERCONDUCTOR (one word) - a material that conducts electricity (or energy, if you will) without resistance; a 20th century discovery with the potential for awesome real-life applications, scientifically described as a macroscopic quantum phenonenon.

SUPER CONDUCTOR (two words) - a usually tuxedoed person standing center stage on a podium (or in the pit) with his back to the audience who generates electricity without resistance throughout the concert hall (or opera house) as he coaxes waves upon waves of inspired music from similarly attired musicians seated before him, while wielding a wand with the right hand and making cryptic motions with the left; musically acclaimed as a PHENOMENON.

Today, the phenomenon is named GUSTAVO DUDAMEL. Now 32 years old, he was only 26 when he burst into the international scene. He hails from neither Europe nor North America where fabled conductors usually come from, but from Barquisimeto – a second-tier city in west central Venezuela, some 200 miles away from the capital city of Caracas; and his credentials do not bear the seal of any of the world’s famous music conservatories. But… by the time he turned 27, he had already conducted many of the world’s great orchestras, generating electricity without resistance, in most all of the world’s great concert halls. No small wonder that this phenomenon has also been labelled a MIRACLE!

WATCH THESE VIDEOS and DISCOVER DUDAMEL!
 

How Music Saved Venezuela’s Children

How Music Saved Venezuela’s Children

The remarkable accomplishment of a great humanist, José Antonio Abreu, who dedicated his life to set up the ‘Sistema’ in 1975, an extraordinary music and social project which has been running in Venezuela in an attempt to transform the lives of the nations poorest children.

It has been using classical music to tackle the social problems of a country where 60% of the population live below the poverty line. By offering free instruments and tuition through a network of after-school centres all over the country, the Sistema has kept thousands of children away from the drugs, alcohol and gang-related violence of the streets and has led to the creation of 30 professional orchestras in a country that had only 2 before it started. Currently, 275,000 children attend the Sistemas schools and many of them play in one of the 125 youth orchestras.

At the pinnacle of the system stands the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela under its music director Gustavo Dudamel who is himself a product of the Sistema and is also the musical director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Discover Dudamel

Discover Dudamel

Watch Gustavo Dudamel work with young musicians from London and Los Angeles.

On Friday 15 March, an orchestra of over 100 young players from east London and Los Angeles took part in an open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel. The orchestra were working on Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture in front of an audience inside the Barbican Theatre. Read more about the event and participating organisations here: http://www.barbican.org.uk/education/event-detail.asp?ID=14240

Gustavo Dudamel on Being a Conductor

Gustavo Dudamel on Being a Conductor

From unexpectedly stepping in for the scheduled conductor as a teenager, through leading the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, to conducting some of world’s leading orchestras, Gustavo Dudamel has always enjoyed the same child-like freedom he felt while playing at being a conductor as a six-year-old.

More information about “Voices from Latin America” is available at http://www.carnegiehall.org/LatinAmerica

Gustavo Dudamel on El Sistema

Gustavo Dudamel on El Sistema

“Voices from Latin America Artistic” Advisor Gustavo Dudamel on El Sistema—the spectacularly successful social action program from Venezuela—from which he emerged as a teenager to become the international face of the movement and music director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.

More information about “Voices from Latin America” is available at http://www.carnegiehall.org/LatinAmerica

The Many Faces of Gustavo Dudamel—From “Dudamel: Let the Children Play”

The Many Faces of Gustavo Dudamel—From “Dudamel: Let the Children Play”

During “Discovery Day: El Sistema” on December 8, Carnegie Hall explores Venezuela’s spectacularly successful El Sistema educational program and its influence on educational thinking in the United States. The afternoon features a keynote lecture by Dr. Leon Botstein, a panel discussion with Dr. José Antonio Abreu, and a screening of the documentary “Dudamel: Let the Children Play.”

Thanks to the producers for permission to show this clip from the Alberto Arvelo’s documentary in which the many expressions of Gustavo Dudamel are at play.

More information about “Discovery Day” El Sistema” is available at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/12/8/0100/PM/Discovery-Day-El-Sistema/

More information about “Voices from Latin America is available at http://www.carnegiehall.org/latinamerica/

“Dudamel: Let the Children Play” is a available for purchase at http://dudamel.net/Buy/paypal/

Dr. José Antonio Abreu on Gustavo Dudamel—From “Dudamel: Let the Children Play”

Dr. José Antonio Abreu on Gustavo Dudamel—From “Dudamel: Let the Children Play”

During “Discovery Day: El Sistema” on December 8, Carnegie Hall explores Venezuela’s spectacularly successful El Sistema educational program and its influence on educational thinking in the United States. The afternoon features a keynote lecture by Dr. Leon Botstein, a panel discussion with Dr. José Antonio Abreu, and a screening of the documentary “Dudamel: Let the Children Play.”

Thanks to the producers for permission to show this clip from the Alberto Arvelo’s documentary in which El Sistema founder Dr. José Antonio Abreu reflects on the deep intuition possessed by Gustavo Dudamel.

More information about “Discovery Day” El Sistema” is available at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/12/8/0100/PM/Discovery-Day-El-Sistema/

More information about “Voices from Latin America is available at http://www.carnegiehall.org/latinamerica/

“Dudamel: Let the Children Play” is a available for purchase at http://dudamel.net/Buy/paypal/

Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis

Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis

More at http://www.digitalconcerthall.com/concert/3422
Interview recorded in February 2013 on the occasion of a concert with Gustavo Dudamel and the Berliner Philharmoniker performing Strauss and Barber. In this introduction to the concert, Gustavo Dudamel and Sarah Willis, horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker, talk about Dudamel’s relationship with the orchestra and the programme of the concert.

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Gustavo Dudamel On Discovering Mahler By Accident

Gustavo Dudamel On Discovering Mahler By Accident

Gustavo Dudamel sits down with moderator David Hyde Pierce and a select group of super fans for a exclusive “Off The Podium” broadcast event on SiriusXM’s commercial-free Classical music channel, Symphony Hall (http://www.siriusxm.com/symphonyhall)

The entire Gustavo Dudamel “Off The Podium” event is available on SiriusXM On-Demand. For more information and a free trial go to http://www.siriusxm.com/ondemand

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And a miracle is what one hears while listening to Dudamel’s recording – of Mahler’s  Symphony No.5 (!), his second on the Deutsche Grammophon label and his first Mahler CD, yet again with his beloved all-Venezuelan SIMON BOLIVAR YOUTH ORCHESTRA, comprised of even younger musicians.  Mahler’s 5th is a formidable undertaking for any orchestra, yet Dudamel and his ensemble of more than 150 players (aged 12 to 25) deliver with beauty of sound, powerful intensity and a musical maturity one  would expect only of revered orchestras. One is right to be awed, just listening to the CD in the solitude of one’s living room.

But to see and hear the phenomenon in a concert hall is to be totally convinced of his gift and charisma. Indeed, it is an exhilarating experience to witness “a conducting animal” in action – LA Philharmonic Music Director ESA-PEKKA SALONEN’s visceral description of the “kid from Venezuela” on first seeing Dudamel conduct at the Mahler competition in Bamberg where he emerged the clear-cut winner, and to feel the amazement that led Sir SIMON RATTLE, Berlin Philharmonic’s preeminent Music Director and a leading advocate for Dudamel and his Youth Orchestra, to proclaim Dudamel as “the most astonishingly gifted young conductor I have ever come across!” It is a reputation that precedes Dudamel’s concert appearances.
- © 2007 GJ Cajipe / FanFaire

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