Changing Lives (Hardcover)

Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music

By Tricia Tunstall

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393078961, 298pp.

Publication Date: January 23, 2012

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Paperback (2/4/2013)

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In Changing Lives, the maestro's story becomes the entry point to an equally captivating subject: El Sistema, the music education program that nurtured his musical talent, first as a young violinist and then as a budding conductor under the mentorship of its founder, Jos Antonio Abreu. What began in Venezuela has now reached children in Los Angeles, New York City, Baltimore, and cities around the world. No matter the location, the overarching goal of El Sistema is unwavering: to rescue children from the depredations of poverty through music. Part history, part reportage, this book reveals that arts education can indeed effect positive social change.