Links of Interest

1. Beethoven Youtube Link:

2. El Sistema is a nationwide organization of 102 youth orchestras, 55 children's orchestras, and 270 music centers -- and close to 250,000 young musicians.
El Sistema uses music education to help kids from impoverished circumstances achieve their full potential and learn values that favor their growth. The talented musicians have become a source of national pride. Several El Sistema students have gone on to major international careers, including Gustavo Dudamel, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the bassist Edicson Ruiz, who at 17 became the youngest musician ever to join the Berlin Philharmonic.
There is a simple concept behind Abreu's work: for him an orchestra is first and foremost about together¬ness, a place where children learn to listen to each other and to respect one another.

"Music has to be recognized as an ... agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values -- solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings."

3. The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra (Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño) is the national high school age youth orchestra of El Sistema, Venezuela's groundbreaking, life-changing musical education program. To put this ensemble's musicianship in context, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela is the next step for many of these young musicians. That orchestra, containing musicians from 18 to 28 years old, has toured the world with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and has made a number of recordings on Deutsche Grammophon.
Their conductor is Gustavo Dudamel, himself a product of the El Sistema. Dudamel conducted the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela for several years, and recently was named the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music director. He also continues to conduct other orchestras around the world.The orchestra's namesake, Teresa Carreño, was a legendary Venezuelan pianist after whom the main theater/concert hall complex in Caracas is also named.

4. We don't know for sure yet whether music is soothing for vines. But it's definitely good for humans. In Mexico City, there are such a group of people who won't give up their music dream although they can't afford the expensive musical instruments. Instead, they use trash to make instruments of their own. In this old building standing north of Mexico City, there are four young musicians who founded the "Trash Orchestra", creating music from waste materials.
"We call them 'garbage instruments' because they are made from the waste. We found the parts in the trash." The four band members, who are all music students, make the wind, strings instruments and percussions with PVC tubes and pans. Their self-made instruments can play any genre of music, from rock to traditional Mexican music. The "Trash Orchestra" is going on a tour around the country, offering performances to raise awareness in the importance of environmental resources protection.With this creative musical approach, they are welcomed by thousands of musical fans around the country.

5. Flashmob Performs Heartwarming Cover of 'Here Comes the Sun' in Madrid Unemployment Office

6. Eddy Robinson interview on "Take Five" with Kelly Bleyer from KBND.

7. Amy Goeser Kolb interview on "Take Five" with Kelly Bleyer from KBND.


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