The Gift of Music
I thank Gustavo Dudamel for leading the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra. The orchestra contains the best high school musicians from Venezuela’s life-changing music program, El Sistema. They play Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2.
Everytime I watch this I smile knowing that the true spirit of humanity can reach all of us in this case through music, joy and caring.
The Rest of the Story
I thank Jose Antonio Abreu for the beauty and vision of El Sistema (“the system”). In 1975, Abreu devised a way to help poor Venezuelan kids learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra and give them an opportunity to be lifted out of poverty with the gift of passion, dedication, music and happiness.