The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by the exuberant Gustavo Dudamel, brings works of its Latin American heritage to Carnegie Hall.
For this broadcast, the orchestra presents three vibrant works from the mid 20th century – by the Mexican composers Silvestre Revueltas and Carlos Chavez and the Cuban-born Julián Orbón.
The SBSOV is the flagship ensemble of El Sistema, Venezuela's pioneering music education program that has been credited with lifting thousands of young musicians from lives of chaos and poverty. El Sistema includes a large network of youth orchestras whose mission is as much social as it is musical. The 31-year-old Dudamel, who also conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a product of El Sistema himself.
The concert is a highlight of Carnegie Hall's "Voices from Latin America" festival (hear Dudamel speak – en español – about the SBSOV's appearance in a clip at the bottom of this page).
Below is the archive of our live chat and Twitter conversation.
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and Conductor
CHÁVEZ Sinfonía india
ORBÓN Tres versiones sinfónicas
REVUELTAS La noche de los Mayas
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela appear courtesy of Deutsche Grammophone.
During the concert intermission, you'll hear more about Venezuela's El Sistema (The System) music program for school children, and how it's being adapted in the U.S.
To see the system in action, WQXR visited two El Sistema-inspired programs: the Union City Music Project in New Jersey and the Harmony Program, an after-school class taught in seven New York public schools (audio slideshow below).
In the following clip, Dudamel speaks – en español– about the SBSOV's appearance at the hall:
"Hello everyone. This is Gustavo Dudamel speaking. We are very happy and honored to share this special moment with all of you because we are performing our marvelous Venezuelan music, this symphony Simon Bolivar Venezuela, here in Carnegie Hall. It is a moment, as I said, that is special and extremely emotional as we are bringing our music here, to this very significant stage. I hope; we hope that you enjoy it. We send everyone a big hug with much affection. Enjoy the music."