Performance Monday, December 10, 2012 | 8 PM

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
This energetic group of young Venezuelans and its acclaimed conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, were a hit when they made their New York premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2007. On this program, they perform works by some of Latin America’s finest 20th-century composers, including a suite of lusty, wild music by Silvestre Revueltas.

Este grupo energético de jóvenes venezolanos y su aclamado director Gustavo Dudamel debutó con gran éxito en el Carnegie Hall en 2007. En esta ocasión, su presentación incluye obras de algunos de los mejores compositores de América Latina del siglo XX, entre ellas, una suite energética e impetuosa de Silvestre Revueltas.

Este grupo energético de jovens venezuelanos e seu reconhecido maestro, Gustavo Dudamel, foi um sucesso na sua estreia em Nova York no Carnegie Hall em 2007. Neste programa, eles tocam obras de alguns dos melhores compositores do século XX na América Latina, incluindo uma suíte de música cheia de vitalidade e energia de Silvestre Revueltas.


  • Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and Conductor


  • CHÁVEZ Sinfonía india
  • ORBÓN Tres versiones sinfónicas
  • REVUELTAS La noche de los Mayas

  • Encores:
  • ARTURO MÁRQUEZ La Conga del Fuego Nuevo
  • GUTIERREZ "Alma Llanera"
  • BERNSTEIN "Mambo" from West Side Story


  • Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

    The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) was founded by Dr. José Antonio Abreu and a group of fellow musicians who were inspired by the ideals of Simón Bolívar. The orchestra comprises more than 200 young musicians ages 18-28, and is the flagship of the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar's orchestral academic program, known as El Sistema.

    Across Venezuela, El Sistema currently involves 400,000 beneficiaries-75 percent of whom live below the poverty line-in a system that includes more than 1,550 music groups distributed among 286 academic centers. "For the children that we work with, music is practically the only way to a dignified social destiny. Poverty means loneliness, sadness, anonymity. An orchestra means joy, motivation, teamwork, the aspiration to success," says Dr. Abreu.

    El Sistema allows the musicians of the SBSOV to explore demanding repertoire through master classes and concerts, involving soloists from leading orchestras and arts institutions, such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sibelius Academy of Finland, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and New England Conservatory. Their work with international conductors has included performances with Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, as well as working for months with Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra's music director and a product of El Sistema.

    The SBSOV has toured Germany several times, and performed at the Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and Lucerne Easter Festival. In the summer of 2007, it appeared at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and Semperoper Dresden. Later that year, the SBSOV toured to Mexico, Spain, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Carnegie Hall, where the orchestra was conducted by Mr. Dudamel and Mr. Rattle as part of the Berlin in Lights festival. In 2008, the SBSOV performed in residency at the Salzburg Festival and made its Asian debut with concerts in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Hiroshima. The following year, the orchestra made its Canadian debut to celebrate the awarding of the Glenn Gould Prize to Dr. Abreu.

    Appearances in 2010 included a residency at the Lucerne Festival, a major European tour, and a Latin American tour to mark the bicentennial of the region's independence. Between January and February 2012, the SBSOV participated in a three-week residency at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, alternating with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performances of Mahler's nine symphonies as part of The Mahler Project led by Mr. Dudamel. This program culminated in Caracas, with concerts by both orchestras at the Teatro Teresa Carreño. In June and July, the SBSOV performed at Stirling Castle in Scotland as part of the Cultural Olympiad, framed within the celebration of the London Olympics.

    Gustavo Dudamel

    Dynamic conductor Gustavo Dudamel's passionate music-making invigorates audiences of all ages worldwide. Concurrently serving as music director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the impact of his musical leadership is felt on several continents.

    While his commitment to his music director posts in the United States and Venezuela accounts for the major portion of his yearly schedule, Mr. Dudamel also guest conducts with some of the world's greatest musical institutions. This season, he returns to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and La Scala in both opera and concert, along with appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Israel Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and Gothenburg Symphony. Mr. Dudamel is in his fourth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he has extended the orchestra's reach to an unprecedented extent through LA Phil LIVE, experimental theater-casts of concerts, and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela's widely successful El Sistema. With YOLA, Mr. Dudamel brings music to children in the underserved communities of Los Angeles, and also serves as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout the United States, as well as for programs in Sweden and Scotland.

    Named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in 2009, Gustavo Dudamel was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He began violin lessons as a child with José Luis Jiménez and Francisco Díaz at the Jacinto Lara Conservatory. He continued his violin studies with Rubén Cova and José Francisco del Castillo at the Latin American Academy of Violin. His conducting studies began in 1996 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and, the same year, he was given his first conducting position: music director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he was appointed music director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and began conducting studies with the orchestra's founder, Dr. José Antonio Abreu; a few years later in 2004, Mr. Dudamel was brought to international attention by winning the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition. These early musical and mentoring experiences molded his commitment to music as an engine for social change-a lifelong passion.

    In 2012, Gustavo and Eloisa Dudamel launched a foundation that carries their name and is dedicated to furthering music education and social justice around the world.

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Lead funding for Voices from Latin America is provided by grants from the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsored, in part, by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mercantil Servicios Financieros.

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.


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Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela | Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and Conductor
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At a Glance

This concert presents three important works from a remarkable mid-20th-century explosion of Latin American symphonic music. Once on the fringes of the repertoire, these composers are rapidly entering the mainstream of an increasingly global classical music culture. Gustavo Dudamel points out the peculiar palpability of this music: "Our pre-Hispanic history—the Aztecs, the Mayas, the Incas—are still alive in the music of all these composers. Our music is so inside of the land. You can smell, you can eat, you can see all of our Americas." Though part of a unified culture, these pieces display distinctive styles, from the Latin Classicism of Chávez and the Copland-esque lyricism of Orbón to the explosive dynamism of Revueltas.


Program Notes


Gustavo Dudamel and Osvaldo Golijov on the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.

Gustavo Dudamel on being a conductor.

Osvaldo Golijov on the artistry of Gustavo Dudamel.

Gustavo Dudamel and Osvaldo Golijov on Latin American composers.

Osvaldo Golijov and Gustavo Dudamel on Música nueva: New Latin American composers.

Latin American Music and Artists at Carnegie Hall: From the Carnegie Hall Archives.

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Sponsored, in part, by Mercantil Servicios Financieros.
Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Additional support for this Carnegie Hall Live broadcast is provided by Tourism Ireland and Macy's.

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