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Monday, December 31, 2012
OSL in December Part 1: El Sistema
I told Matt at the beginning of December: you’re not going to see a whole lot
of me in the next couple of weeks. Basically, when the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra comes to town, it’s one big party, and I was thrilled to spend as
much time as possible with all of the people I love and admire who are a part
of this movement.
Symposium in Philadelphia, Dec. 3-5
and I met up for a Symposium on El Sistema, hosted by Stanford Thompson and
Play on Philly. Sistema Fellow Elaine Sandoval wrote an excellent article on the Symposium which can be found in the January 2013 issue of The Ensemble.
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December 8, Discovery Day at Carnegie Hall
rehearsal of SBSOV. The Revueltas was like a force of nature. What a percussion section!
Really, check this movement out:
Following the rehearsal was Discovery
Day at Carnegie Hall. Keynote by Leon Botstein, follwed by the Dudamel movie, and a panel with
Abreu and Dudamel, moderated by Jeremy Geffen.
Ann Gregg gathered the nucleo leaders and myself to meet in a back room with
Maestro Abreu and Gustavo Dudamel. Jose Luis Hernandez Estrada was there, and it was so meaningful for me
to sit next to him only months after our trip to Venezuela and be able to share
our intention to connect the existing programs in NYC as well as start our own
nucleo. While I was busy with OSL making a case for supporting Sistema
programs, Jose Luis wrote a new book about Sistema. And he’s become close with
Abreu, as an ambassador to Mexican nucleos. I’m so proud of that guy.
From left: Julie Davis, Avi Mehta, me, Jose Luis, and Maestro Abreu, meeting in Caracas in April 2012
in the room was palpable – everyone seemed a little nervous and very excited to
share their programs and plans with the Maestros. Gustavo stood there looking
pretty pleased. And it gave me great joy to share with Maestro Abreu where
we’ve arrived since I last saw him in April. He encouraged us to continue to
work together and start an association in NYC to be able to help each other
collectively, like by launching an instrument campaign that would benefit all of our
programs. He said he would help in any way he could. That man has a sparkle in
his eyes, and when he says something, you can pretty much believe that he’ll
follow through. What an extraordinary day.