Documenting Social Uplift Through Music

Ricardo Castro rehearses with musicians from the Orquestra Dois de Julho in Salvador, Brazil

Ricardo Castro rehearses with musicians from the Orquestra Dois de Julho in Salvador, Brazil

At the 2007 BBC Proms under the conductorship of Gustavo Dudamel, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra performed “Mambo” while dancing in shell jackets emblazoned with the Venezuelan flag. Suddenly the elitism and pomp normally associated with classical music was blown away and everyone became obsessed with the developmental possibilities of El Sistema. Continue reading