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Take a Stand National Festival

Ruben Hernandez
Date(s): 8/16/2016 to 8/20/2016
Location: Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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The National Take a Stand Festival is a three-year project that began in 2015 with the creation of an International Teaching Faculty, who will serve as master teachers at two regional youth orchestra camps in 2016, culminating in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp in 2017, featuring a final performance led by LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Throughout this project, world-renowned conductors, guest artists, and master teachers will bring their artistry and mentorship to students from communities across the United States who have been learning in El Sistema-inspired programs. By offering young people the opportunity to learn from exceptional musicians, become ambassadors of their programs, and - for many - travel out of state for the first time, the project aims to develop a model for excellence and a national community of citizen musicians from historically excluded populations in the United States. Students will not only have access to top artistic and educational resources, but will experience some of the world’s finest learning institutions and concert venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Bard College’s Fisher Center, and Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Music Tent.