Tag Archives: El Sistema

Havana Wynton

The second request from the New York Philharmonic to go to Havana ran into administrative obstacles. The United States denied a first trip last year, arguing that the orchestra’s millionaire benefactors wanted to travel with the musicians just to drink daiquiri … Continue reading

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Uncertainty

For years I explained to my cello students the art of overcoming uncertainty on an instrument whose bowing and fingering parameters don’t seem to have precise boundaries. The bowed instrument beginner should anticipate the geometry of hand-position shifts within a … Continue reading

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Windows

There is an inexplicable gap between the opera buffa performed by the principal voices of Venezuela’s political power and the opera seria crafted in the ranks of an institution such as our National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras [El … Continue reading

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Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

In the musical world, where everything is planned years in advance, sudden diplomatic breaches seem absurd, if not comical, and they seem to be propitiated by people who don’t know the quality or depth of bonds textured by the fellow … Continue reading

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Epiphanies

José Antonio Abreu, who has organized hundreds of monumental concerts on every kind of stage around the world, could not contain his emotion when he related the most recent phenomenon he had witnessed in the stadiums of Mérida and Barquisimeto … Continue reading

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Unknown Pabellón

In 1997, the record company Musicarte released the first work of Pabellón Sin Baranda, the trio whose founders became friends in the Gran Mariscal Orchestra of Ayacucho. Like many other groups of new Venezuelan music, Pabellón was born in the … Continue reading

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The Antidote

The Latin Grammy Awards, whose ceremony has the perfume of novelty, the shine of a platinum disc, is glorified in its own right this year (2009) for a simple reason: the grand prizewinner never worked in the register of prizes … Continue reading

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The Ceiling

Last week (October 25, 2009), we analyzed the passage of traditional, rural Venezuelan music to urban forms – the result of a generation of talents working with passion to distill and synthesize the substance without losing the original virtues. In … Continue reading

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Zambrano Went Out to Sow

One of the most unusual stages in the history of Venezuela’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras [El Sistema] was the creation, ex nihilo and almost from the beginning, of orchestral nuclei in the most remote areas of the … Continue reading

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Musicarte

Today (September 6, 2009), three months have passed since the unexpected death in Montréal of Alejandro Rodríguez, a vital figure in the national musical world of the last two decades. As often happens, those who carry out work that is … Continue reading

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