Christian Long

Gustavo Dudamel: Leads El Sistema’s Top Youth Orchestra

In TED Talks on May 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

Reflection by BRENDON O.

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Gustavo Dudamel:  Leads El Sistema’s Top Youth Orchestra

The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra is the national high school age youth orchestra of El Sistema, Venezuela’s groundbreaking, life-changing musical education program.

This music program has provided thousands of kids with an identity and a way to find their talents and goals, as well as a way to mature through the transcendence of music. This program offers a way to find, develop, and articulate the passions they feel through music.

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. This orchestra contains musicians from 18 to 28 years old and they have toured the world with conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Although I am not a music person, the piece they played one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard.

I can feel the energy this music emits and the emotions that it evokes. I find it amazing that all of this was put together so perfectly and I can barely comprehend the time and effort it takes for a group of people to play such pristine music in perfect harmony like this.

I also find it breathtaking that all of these people were united through this music. They all worked together amazingly well to succeed in spreading their music and passion to people everywhere. Music is a chance for everyone to express themselves and their passions, all of which is evident in this piece of music.

This music was wonderful and music like this needs to be heard all over the world. It shows people everywhere that anything with hard work and passion is possible.

Music is a spectacular gift to put your heart and souls into, and these kids went to the next level and shared themselves and their passions with the world.

They did a spectacular job and deserve a standing ovation! Bravo!

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