Monday, February 25, 2008

Will this man become the "Elvis" of classical music?

The Democratic Activist
This young conductor is poised to change the history of music.

Slated to take over as the musical director of the L.A. Philharmonic in 2009, Gustavo Dudamel knows how to communicate the essence and beauty of western classical music in a way no one seems to have seen before. He may, in fact, be the one who rescues classical music from cultural obscurity and puts it back at center stage on radios, ipods, and ... well ... stages everywhere, where it belongs.

Dudamel was saved by music and the Venezuelan System (a government-sponsored initiative to train poor children to become accomplished musicians as an alternative to impoverishment and criminal street life). Who knows how many other game-changing individuals like this are just waiting to be given a chance to get past the need simply to survive, so they can share their powerful talents with all of humanity?

If you have a few minutes, give yourself a gift and watch the video piece on Dudamel recently produced by 60 Minutes (be sure to check out each of the ten short clips that make up the piece; all are wonderful).

Gustavo reveals, through his own genius and passion, the special genius and passion inherent within each of us. He reminds us, through music, that this is it. This is what it is to be human. This is what the struggle is for. This is why it all matters.

If you love music, life, or both ... you may never be the same.


Thank you.

Pass it on.
The Democratic Activist

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