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 Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: GBK 
Date:   2007-09-08 01:28

One of the most exciting young orchestras currently performing is the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

Watch their memorable performance last month at the BBC Proms.

Bernstein would have loved it.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2t3al_gtltornt9_music

...GBK



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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Bradley 
Date:   2007-09-08 02:09

I can't help but smile for this entire video....I've been hearing about their phenomenon for a few months now, thanks for this- GBK!

Bradley

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: GBK 
Date:   2007-09-08 02:49

The Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela is a shining example of how the music education system can truly succeed, even in a country of poor economics...GBK

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Caco185 
Date:   2007-09-08 04:42

Holy greatness!

Dale Huggard
Clarinet Performance Major, Michigan
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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Steve Epstein 
Date:   2007-09-08 05:28

Isn't someone going to comment that they moved around too much on the stage and it was distracting? [grin]

Steve Epstein

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2007-09-08 05:49

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: srattle 
Date:   2007-09-08 08:23

I have played with this Youth Orchestra this summer, and I must say that they are everything you hear about and more. Anyone who can hear this orchestra live should, immediately. They bring some things to orchestral playing that no other orchestra does. I sat next to a 16 year old clarinetist who could play Shostakovich 10 2nd mvt without breaking a sweat, yet still could make really beautiful music and a gorgeous sound.
They all play Rossi Single Body Clarinets, it seems.

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Old Geezer 
Date:   2007-09-08 16:36

Great video...Venezuela has a super free music education program for young players.

The young conductor,Gustavo Dudamel, in the video has just been appointed music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 26. He's been doing OK but now appears on the threshold of a historic carrer.

Go Gustavo!

Clarinet Redux

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2007-09-08 18:31

The LA players like Dudamel a LOT. He has several very good live recordings out on Itunes with LA also.

http://www.SkypeClarinetLessons.com


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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-09-08 19:41

I recorded this when it was repeated later on the same night, but I watched the Shostakovitch 10th when it went out live. I've only heard them doing Beethoven before I saw this, and they certainly do Beethoven symphonies a lot of justice.

What players they are, and what energy and passion they have certainly puts a lot of orchestras to shame.

Same can be said about the South African Baroque players (I can't remember what their youth orchestra was called, but they're from Soweto) doing Rameau a few weeks before.

Chris.

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2007-09-08 20:27

They're called the Buskaid Soweto String Project. You can read more about them at: http://www.buskaid.org.za/index.htm

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-09-08 20:34

Buskaid!

Though I had the Soweto String Project part in mind (but wasn't 100% sure so I didn't put in my last reply).

If only West Sussex County Council did something like this twenty-odd years ago - music was and still is something for those that can afford it.

Chris.

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: OmarHo 
Date:   2007-09-08 21:51

Wow that was really something new, they must have a very motivational conductor. Thanks for the video, I'll keep an eye out for this orchestra.

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: clarnibass 
Date:   2007-09-09 16:05

They're great!

I think it's Gustavo Dudamel who was here and it was so good that the players actually cried after the concert.

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: JessKateDD 
Date:   2007-09-10 06:41

I wonder what the upper age limit is? The principal oboe, for example, looks a lot older than a teenager. Perhaps this is the "youth orchestra" equivalent of Taiwanese little league baseball?

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Old Geezer 
Date:   2007-09-10 15:12

The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela is basically comprised of 200 young musicans between the ages of 16 and 20. After ageing out they have a choice of over thirty (30) adult symphony orchestras to continue with.

The youth music education program of Venezuela is so good to be almost unbelievable. Sixty minutes did a piece on it not so long ago.

Clarinet Redux

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: marshall 
Date:   2007-09-11 13:07

he isn't taking over the LA Phil for a couple of years yet



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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2007-09-11 13:31

Seems like Venezuela is giving Argentina a good run for the money or has possibly passed them as an arts capital.

http://www.SkypeClarinetLessons.com


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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Hank Lehrer 
Date:   2007-09-12 01:23

Truly amazing but wait until you read this article.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4457278.stm

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: mnorswor 
Date:   2007-09-12 01:34

I worked with the two clarinetists on the video over the summer at a festival I was teaching at. They were nothing short of extraordinary. VERY impressive players in every respect and a pleasure to work with!

--Michael Norsworthy
Professor of Clarinet, The Boston Conservatory
Principal Clarinet, BMOP
Artist in Residence Harvard University, HGNM
Performing Artist/Clinician Buffet Crampon, Rico Reeds
http://www.michaelnorsworthy.com

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 Re: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Author: Kevin 
Date:   2007-09-12 02:11

They're coming right here to Symphony Hall in Boston later this year. I will do my best to catch them!

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