Saturday, February 4, 2012

Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra: Bernstein's 'Mambo'

The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra, with the talented Gustavo Dudamel conducting, performs Leonard Bernstein's "Mambo," from West Side Story. The concert formed part of at the 442nd anniversary celebration of the founding of Caracas, Venezuela, in 2009.


Gustavo Dudamel, a native of Venezuela, is the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a happy product of  El Sistema, the publicly financed Venezuelan music program that has enriched the lives of 250,000 children, the majority from poor families. The program's success is two-fold: it brings music into the lives of these children, always a good thing; and it produces a few talented musicians who might otherwise not be discovered. Dudamel is a shining example of both.


  1. A great piece. A great conductor. A great orchestra. A great composer.
    Dudamel is perhaps the best conductor nowadays, although there are many other wonderful contenders for the title. The young people in the orchestra played with enormous skill and enthusiasm. Bernstein's opera CANDIDE, I believe, is the best opera composed in the second half of the 20th century. WEST SIDE STORY is equally great, and musicals are an unappreciated genre.

  2. Prof Jochnowitz:

    I agree that musicals are generally not appreciated, but I have always enjoyed them.


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