Somerville Concert Rallies Support for New El Sistema Program
On Wednesday the Dudamel Orchestra traveled to Somerville High School for the joint performance they have been preparing for several weeks. Parents, friends, and educators from the Somerville Schools came to hear a preview of what student orchestras can sound like after a year of intensive training in an El Sistema program, which they hope to implement next year.
For the Dudamel orchestra, this was an exciting opportunity to mentor peers from another school and share their passion for music. For the Somerville students, this was an opportunity to rally support for their new musical initiative. The concert was followed by a question and answer session about El Sistema with David Malek, Rebecca Levi, and Somerville directors Richard Saunders, Andrew Blickenderfer and Joanne Sadler.
This November 16th concert was sparked by From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, who have been working at the Conservatory Lab since January. This cohort of four Arts Leaders and one Mentor are helping support this initiative to expand El Sistema Boston.
Read about it in the Boston Globe!