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Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music

Moderated by Brian Lauritzen
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Episode Summary
El Sistema, the music education program that nurtured Gustavo Dudamel's musical talent, now reaches children in Los Angeles and cities around the world. Changing Lives author Tricia Tunstall reveals in her book how arts education effects positive social change. Join us for an inspiring look at El Sistema and Dudamel's great passion for spreading hope through music.

Participant(s) Bio
Tricia Tunstall is a writer, teacher and musician. The author of Note By Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson, she maintains an active piano studio in the New York area, and has taught music appreciation and music history at Drew University and Bergen College. Her journalism and short fiction has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly, and the Antioch Review. Tunstall earned a B.A. in philosophy at Yale University and an M.A. in music history at Columbia University, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Music Education at Boston University.

Leni Boorstin, Director of Community Affairs for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, is responsible for Neighborhood Concerts and other community programs including Phil the House that introduced more than 20,000 people to LA's iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall with free performances in its opening and subsequent seasons. Ms. Boorstin works with a consortium of organizations and individuals in support of a youth orchestra movement - YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA) - in order to expand access to free, high-quality intensive music education for underserved youth across Los Angeles.

Brian Lauritzen is the producer and host of Classical KUSC's nationwide concert broadcasts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as KUSC's weekly arts magazine Arts Alive and the early music program Baroque & Beyond. Additionally, Brian writes and produces features for KUSC's more than 50 concert broadcasts each year. His work as part of these series has been broadcast nationally by NPR, American Public Media, and the WFMT Radio Network. During his tenure at Classical KUSC, Brian has interviewed dozens of top classical musicians and artists. Among them, Gustavo Dudamel, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Placido Domingo, John Adams, Frank Gehry, and many others.