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El Sistema

22 Mar

Jeni sent me a link that I have only just now been able to watch.  The first video is a talk by Jose Abreu, a Venezuelan who had a Suzuki-like vision for the children and music  in Venezuela thirty years ago, about what came of that vision.

The second link is to a performance by one of the leading youth orchestras in Venezuela conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, whcame up through Abreu’s program and is now the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

I wish there were more discussion of how El Sistema functions, and how it compares and contrasts with the Suzuki system.

Celebrating Spring

22 Mar

Hawthorne celebrated the first day of spring by bringing home the year’s first tick attached to his head.

Isabelle gave her 4-H recitation on “Horse Poetry” and did well enough to be one of our county’s representatives to the district, even though she forgot part of her spiel.  She also made a double batch of pancake batter from scratch for the pancake dinner she went to in the evening.  And came home complaining about the taste of those pancakes.  Upon review, it seems she used baking soda instead of baking powder in the recipe.

Isaac went to work for a few hours at Target; the first time in a few weeks since the school musical has been absorbing his time and energy.

Jay had to work.

And me?  I was carting people, doing laundry, and finished a book–a new thriller which was not too bad, but not good enough to talk about here.

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