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Great Performances: Gustavo Dudamel & The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra Play Bernstein's Mambo

Gustavo Dudamel

This particular recording has been floating around the internet for two years, but it continues to demonstrate Gustavo Dudamel's committment to making classical music more accessible to people of all walks of life. The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra is the top performing ensemble in the Venezuela Youth Orchestra System. "El Sistema" has gained much traction in America's inner cities as a way to revitalize and empower underprivilidged youth to connect and fall in love with quality music performance. Gustavo Dudamel himself is a product of El Sistema and has gone on to a career as an internationally renown conductor. 


This performance thumbs its nose at the stuffy, formal traditions of orchestral music and makes Leonard Bernstein's score for "Mambo" from the legendary Broadway show West Side Story come to life in all of its intended youthful vigor. This orchestral transcription remains very faithful to Bernstein's show score, which I have had the pleasure of performing as part of the pit orchestra for a production of the show by the Penn State Thespians many moons ago.




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