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From Tricia Tunstall and Eric Boooth, an eye-opening view of the unprecedented global spread of El Sistema—intensive music education that disrupts the cycles of poverty.

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An eye-opening view of the unprecedented global spread of El Sistema—intensive music education that disrupts the cycles of poverty.

In some of the bleakest corners of the world, an unprecedented movement is taking root. From the favelas of Brazil to the Maori villages in New Zealand, from occupied Palestine to South Central Los Angeles, musicians with strong social consciences are founding intensive orchestra programs for children in need.

In this captivating and inspiring account, authors Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth tell the remarkable story of the international El Sistema movement. A program that started over four decades ago with a handful of music students in a parking garage in Caracas, El Sistema has evolved into one of classical music's most vibrant new expressions and one of the world's most promising social initiatives. Now with more than 700,000 students in Venezuela, El Sistema's central message—that music can be a powerful tool for social change—has burst borders to grow in sixty-four countries across the globe.

"A remarkable narrative with broad appeal to everyone from sociologists to general readers, this is one of the best recent books promoting social change." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"A wide-ranging, highly positive assessment of the El Sistema movement, serving as both inspiration and manual for would-be social activists." ---Kirkus
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Playing for Their Lives

The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music

Author Tricia Tunstall, Eric Booth

Narrated by Bob Souer

Publication date Nov 8, 2016

Running time 13 hrs

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