Thursday, July 3, 2008

About You and Me, and Everybody Else, Making Magic Happen!!!

This is an excerpt from an article from July 2007...

I just got the link to the video from a Venezuelan friend and had to post it here.
This kids come from very poor conditions and they are given with a chance,
and they do make magic!!!

Most of us, we are given with so much more.
Are we making magic happen??!!


Carol Main meets Gustavo Dudamel, the young maestro behind the world renowned Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, which has transformed the lives of many underprivileged young people in its native Venezuela

‘If he wasn’t in the orchestra, he would have been killed by now.’ Not a flippant remark, but a realistic statement of fact by one young musician about another in a country where gang crime and drug violence are commonplace.

That the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela is a saviour of life, not only in terms of mortality, but also in the day to day living for children and young people, is a claim that is supported by all who play in it, hear it or are touched by it in a myriad of ways.

The 200-strong group that will appear in Edinburgh is the top tier of a pyramid of
musical activity.

‘El sistema’, as the 32-year-old programme is known, reaches out to impoverished areas in a country whose reliance on oil makes for a shaky economy.
Read the complete article here.

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