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Happy, happy birthday to you!

Sleep well beautiful friend.

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Sleep well beautiful friend.

For you.

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For you.

Missing this man.

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Missing this man.

Sistema Tulsa Director to lead Simón Bolívar Orchestra

Jose-Luis Estrada - Thu, 2015-11-12 01:25


November 12, 2015 

By Shari Goodwin for "The Word"

Jose Luis Hernandez, director of Sistema Tulsa, is about to realize a dream come true. He has been invited to be a guest conductor for the renowned Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in Caracas. 

This invitation brings him full circle. 

“I graduated from TCU in 2006, then went to study in Europe,” he explains. “I was just starting to think about the art of conducting when I stumbled on a NY Times article about this miraculous El Sistema orchestra. Dr. Abreu’s idea of social change through music was compelling. God spoke to me through that article.” 

He heard that orchestra for the first time the following year while touring in Mexico. “I had tears in my eyes; it was as if I had fallen in love with music all over again. Music meant the world to these musicians, and they were very inspiring in communicating their message.” 

Jose Luis finished his professional studies and started a Sistema program along the US-Mexico border working with a diverse community. 

In 2009, Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of the Sistema movement, was awarded the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Prize and was granted a wish: to identify “gifted young musicians, passionate about their art and social justice,” who would take his vision to the world. 

Jose Luis was one of those chosen for a year-long fellowship at the New England Conservatory, and he traveled between Boston and Caracas to study and prepare to lead the program further. He has started orchestras in Oklahoma City, and now in Tulsa at Boston Avenue. 

Jose Luis is now studying scores to prepare for his time with the orchestra next week. He will rehearse with them for three grueling hours every morning, then he hopes to visit Sistema students and leaders in the afternoons. The concert is November 20. 

“When I step on that podium, I will be ready to share my love of music and to lead them well,” he says. “This orchestra is used to working with the world’s very best conductors. 

“This will be my opportunity to thank them for the gift of inspiration.”

Hugh Wolff conducts the New England Conservatory Philharmonia in...

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Hugh Wolff conducts the New England Conservatory Philharmonia in a performance of Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major. Recorded live in Jordan Hall November 5, 2014.

Guns, Tanks, Man Utd, and 'Star Wars'

Huffington College - Tue, 2015-11-10 10:39
We have all come across the terms hard power and soft power as generic descriptions of various government policies and behaviors around the world. Hard Power is probably the one we are most familiar with, as it seems to manifest itself in news headlines most days. Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

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More Double Bass love in our just published video!

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More Double Bass love in our just published video!

Vanhal: Concerto for Double Bass

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Vanhal: Concerto for Double Bass

Friday soundtrack

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Friday soundtrack

Britten: Prelude and Fugue for 18 part String Orchestra

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Britten: Prelude and Fugue for 18 part String Orchestra

Vivaldi Bassoon Concertos

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Vivaldi Bassoon Concertos

Sarah Vaughan: Misty Live 1964

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Sarah Vaughan: Misty Live 1964

Briefly on Senior Year

Penguin - Mon, 2015-11-02 15:58
by ELIZABETH WENDT 4th Year – BM Voice     Another year full of excitement is budding here at NEC. For me, this year is unlike any other…It’s my senior year! I honestly thought that this day would never come – that it would be forever before I would have to face the idea of moving […]

The NEC Team

Penguin - Mon, 2015-11-02 15:48
by ALEX STENING 2nd Year – MM French Horn     For those of you returning to Boston and NEC, welcome back! And for those who are starting their first year, welcome to the team! Last year, I remember sitting in Jordan Hall with the pipe organ towering above and being surrounded by a sea of students […]

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