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Gustavo Dudamel and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra: El Sistema's top youth orchestra

February 5, 2009

The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra contains the best high school musicians from Venezuela's life-changing music program, El Sistema. Led here by Gustavo Dudamel, they play Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Arturo Márquez' Danzón No. 2.

Gustavo Dudamel and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra - Ensemble
The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra is the national high-school-age youth orchestra of El Sistema, made up of the best young musicians from throughout Venezuela. Gustavo Dudamel, himself a product of El Sistema, is the new musical director of the LA Philharmonic. Full bio

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Chris Anderson: And now we go live to Caracas
00:20
to see one of Maestro Abreu's great proteges.
00:23
He is the new musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
00:26
He's the greatest young conductor in the world.
00:31
Gustavo Dudamel!
00:34
(Applause)
00:37
(Music)
00:57
(Applause)
04:54
Gustavo Dudamel: Hi everybody in L.A.
05:25
Hi Quincy. Hi Maestro Zander. Hi Mark.
05:27
We are very happy to have the possibility to be with you
05:32
in the other side of the world.
05:37
We can speak only with music.
05:42
We are very happy
05:46
because we have the opportunity
05:49
to have this angel in the world --
05:52
not only in our country, Venezuela,
05:55
but in our world.
05:58
He has given us the possibility
06:01
to have dreams and to make true the dreams.
06:04
And here are the results
06:07
of this wonderful project
06:10
that is The System in Venezuela.
06:13
We hope to have, our Maestro,
06:19
to have orchestras in all the countries
06:23
in all Americas.
06:26
And we want to play a little piece for you
06:29
by one of the most important composers
06:32
of America.
06:37
A Mexican composer: Arturo Marquez.
06:40
"Danzon No. 2."
06:43
(Music)
06:55
(Applause)
16:06

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Gustavo Dudamel and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra - Ensemble
The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra is the national high-school-age youth orchestra of El Sistema, made up of the best young musicians from throughout Venezuela. Gustavo Dudamel, himself a product of El Sistema, is the new musical director of the LA Philharmonic.

Why you should listen

The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra (Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño) is the national high school age youth orchestra of El Sistema, Venezuela's groundbreaking, life-changing musical education program. To put this ensemble's musicianship in context, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela is the next step for many of these young musicians. That orchestra, containing musicians from 18 to 28 years old, has toured the world with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and has made a number of recordings on Deutsche Grammophon. The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra is the next level below, and will succeed the Simón Bolívar.

Their conductor in this TEDTalk is Gustavo Dudamel, himself a product of the El Sistema. Dudamel conducted the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela for several years, and recently was named the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music director. He also continues to conduct other orchestras around the world.

The orchestra's namesake, Teresa Carreño, was a legendary Venezuelan pianist after whom the main theater/concert hall complex in Caracas is also named.

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