El Sistema founder, Gustavo Dudamel are targets of scathing new book

December 12, 2014 1:08 PM

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Everyone loves El Sistema, Venezuela's revolutionary music education program - which serves hundreds of thousands of students, many in the barrios - and produced Gustavo Dudamel. Its founder, Jose Antonio Abreu, has been heralded as a national treasure and living saint. The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Sistema's star ensemble, is one of the world's most thrilling orchestras.

Or so we have been bamboozled to believe by a gushing world press, according to Geoffrey Baker's new book, "El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela's Youth." It portrays Abreu as the "The Philanthropic Ogre," "a man of few convictions beyond the pursuit of power" and a maestro of "lavish and self-congra...

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