Check out these high school kids playing Shostakovich

February 20, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

TED has some incredible offerings these days.   Here is one that about knocked me out of my chair.  Turn up your computer sound and sit back for 20 minutes.   Here’s the description from TED.

Gustavo Dudamel and the young members of the orchestra, many born into poverty, had had their lives transformed by a national music teaching program built by TED Prize Winner Jose Antonio Abreu.  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.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Bravo! Thank you for that Erich. That brought a tear to my eye!

  2. Bev says:

    How 'bout that system? Their energy and dedication is so apparent – it gave me the chills. Are you sure that these are high school students?

    I especially enjoyed the reminder that Venezuela is also in "America".

  3. Thank you so much for this fantastic music! There are not enough words to describe how amazing they perform the music! Very good Orchestra, very good talents and a great conductor! Bravo!

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