Baltimore Symphony's OrchKids project to get mention on 60 Minutes
By Tim Smith
May 13, 2010 | 12:24 PM
In a welcome splash of national publicity, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's groundbreaking OrchKids project at Lockerman Bundy Elementary in West Baltimore will get a look from "60 Minutes" on Sunday during a segment about the Los Angeles Philharmonic's wunderkind music director Gustavo Dudamel.
He's a product of Venezuela's famed no-child-left-music-less program called El sistema, which he plans to emulate in L.A. and would like to see embraced everywhere. Bob Simons' "60 Minutes" report will include a visit to the BSO's own El sistema-inspired OrchKids, launched a couple years ago with seed money from music director Marin Alsop.
About 150 students, from pre-K to 3rd grade, take part in the program, which has proven
remarkably successful from every angle. Just spend a couple minutes watching the kids taking instrument lessons or participating in group ear-training exercises and you feel there really is hope for the future of classical music after all.
No way to know for sure how much ended up on the CBS cutting-room floor, but any exposure for the project on "60 Minutes" has to be good for OrchKids, the BSO and, of course, Baltimore.