The double bass section files in. The orchestra was formerly known as the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. The musicians, and Gustavo Dudamel himself, are products of the El Sistema music education program in their native Venezuela.
Gustavo Dudamel's musical charisma is felt regularly on at least two continents. He has led the Simón Bolívar Symphony of Venezuela since he was a teenager, and he is now in his fourth season as the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Thirteen players strong, the double basses had plenty to bow about in the colorful music presented on the concert from Mexican composers Carlos Chávez and Silvestre Revueltas, and Cuban composer Julian Orbón.
Dudamel brought a challenging program of works that show off his orchestra, including the incendiary La Noche de los Mayas by the enigmatic and hard-drinking Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. The piece ends with chaotic percussion and the blowing of a conch shell.
Like many of the children in Venezuela's El Sistema program, some of the young players in the Simón Bolívar Symphony came from troubled backgrounds. The goal of the program, begun in the 1970s, was to provide an escape from poverty and crime.
Gustavo Dudamel takes a bow after conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony. But the show wasn't over quite yet. He led the orchestra in three encores, ending in an ecstatic version of Leonard Bernstein's "Mambo." The composer's daughter Jamie Bernstein was in the hall.
Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 8:56 pm
When conductor Gustavo Dudamel brings the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) to Carnegie Hall as the culmination of a two-week, five-city tour, many of its 200 musicians will have traveled a long way from desperate poverty and crime.
Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:08 am
Step back, lobsters coming through!
This summer lobsters exploded in number along the Maine coast. There were so many crustaceans crawling along the ocean floor – and into fishermen's traps – that lobster prices plummeted. Many fishermen tied up their boats, and a price war even broke out between Canadian and Maine seafood distributors.
Turkish soldiers stand guard in the town of Akcakale, just across the border from Syria, on Oct. 4. The Turks have often issued stern warnings and retaliated when shooting from the Syrian war has come across their border. But Turkey did not respond to an incident over the weekend.
Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 9:01 am
Saying that "we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term," News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch said this morning that The Daily will "cease standalone publication" on Dec. 15.
Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 9:03 am
Matthew Specktor is the author of the forthcoming novel American Dream Machine.
Some books love to be loved. They make their moves on us softly, they butter us up. Who doesn't love Atticus Finch or Franny Glass? These people resemble our better selves, and it's easy, from there, to love the books that contain them. So why is it that whenever someone asks me what they should be reading, I steer them instead toward one of the most loathsome characters in contemporary fiction, Philip Roth's Mickey Sabbath?
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. An elementary school pet is typically an animal that can be kept in a terrarium or a small cage, like say a hamster. For a few hours, some Russian village kids cared for a far wilder creature - a lion cub they found in a field after it escaped from the trunk of a car. Waiting for police to come and take it to a local zoo, the kids played with it in the gym. The cub reportedly swiped the air but did not bite. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.