SIMON says it is the most important thing happening in classical music in the world…

…thus begins an article in the November 3rd edition of the L.A. Times. “Simon” is Simon Rattle. The most important thing? Transformative performances being given by across America by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela with conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
Read awestruck music critic Mark Swed’s account, “Dudamel is Absolutely Revelatory”, here.
Get ready. If Swed is right, “our country, with its poor music education, may never — should never — be the same.”
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See video of Dudamel and his orchestra setting the BBC Proms on fire here.
Video of an interview with the conductor is here.

PopsTube: The Boston Pops now Broadcasting on the Web

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Why wait for a broadcast on your local public TV station when you can catch The Boston Pops any time online? Web broadcasts come complete with commentary to guide you through the music: The secondary theme suggests a bustling Arabian marketplace. You can turn the commentary off if you prefer. Interviews and behind the scenes glimpses are offered. Also revealed is a charming gap between conductor Keith Lockhart’s front teeth airbrushed out of his smiling portraits. Ah, TV.