Gustavo Dudamel

December 30, 2010 by  

Gustavo Dudamel, (AP) – Gustavo Dudamel passion for music education is shown in a new PBS special. In “Gustavo Dudamel: Leading a life”, the music director of Los Angeles Philharmonic discusses the importance of music in young people’s lives, including his own childhood in Venezuela.

The fourth “Tavis Smiley Presents” intended to underscore the danger of sacrificing the school music programs to budget cuts, “said Smiley. He also plans to revive the details of such programs.

The talk-show host said that children exposed to music education receive academic and personal benefits.

The 29-year-old Dudamel is a prodigy who first took over at the age of 11 in Venezuela’s vast program of classical music education known as El Sistema.

The subject of music in schools is even more vital for Dudamel because his wife, Eloisa Maturen, is expecting their first child, “said Smiley.

“He spoke off camera on him and his wife is expecting. This is all the more reason now to be concerned about children and music,” Smiley said. “He sees music as a human right.”

“Gustavo Dudamel: Leading a life” air 20 pm ET Wednesday on PBS stations (check local listings).

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