The NY Philharmonic's Education Department has asked me to come back to the Apple to lead some workshops in their El Sistema Program.
Preparing for the workshops, I learned about the wonderful Venezuelan program - El Sistema - that is inspiring young people, most without resources, through music lessons and ensemble participation.
El S's most famous graduate is Gustavo Dudamel, now conductor of the LA Philharmonic. I watched a bunch of his videos on You Tube and found one that's perfect to close OPYO's progam on May 1.
Here it is: Vasquez' Conga del Fuego Nuevo: Come to the May 1 Concert to hear your OPYO play it! Dancing in the aisles encouraged!