"Changing Lives" -- the first major book on El Sistema now available

Dec 16, 2011


by Tricia Tunstall
from W.W. Norton

The first major book on Jose Antonio Abreu's remarkable music education program El Sistema is now available (in time for holiday giving!) from Amazon.com, and in bookstores in mid-January.  Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music, from W.W. Norton, is written by Tricia Tunstall. 

Changing Lives
takes the story of conductor extraordinaire Gustavo Dudamel, as an 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, José 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.

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