El Sistema: We Could Do This in Columbus
El Sistema, the Venezuela based program bringing hope and education throughout the world, acting ultimately as a great leveler, should come to Columbus.
The New England Conservatory is now training Sistema teachers, collaborating with the founders in Venezuela. Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema’s highest profile graduate is now the world’s highest profile conductor-and he has the chops to keep him there.
No, the idea is not to produce endless musical prodigies. The idea is to break the cycle of poverty. This video tells the story better than I can
Here’s another video from a few years ago. Reference is made to the program at the New England Conservatory (NEC). The narrator is Lloyd Schwartz, NPR’s wonderful arts commentator and music journalist for The Boston Phoenix. Lloyd was also a buddy of my hometown, back in the day, and I hope still is:
Let’s all think of ways to expand El Sistema in the States. Let’s bring El Sistema to Columbus. I’m in. Are you?