LOS ANGELES (AP) - Conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s passion for music education is on display in a new PBS special.
In “Gustavo Dudamel: Conducting a Life,” the Los Angeles Philharmonic music director discusses the importance of music in young lives, including his own childhood in Venezuela.
The talk-show host said children exposed to music education enjoy personal and academic advantages.
The 29-year-old Dudamel is a prodigy who first picked up the baton at age 11 as part of Venezuela’s extensive classical music education program called El Sistema.
“He talked off camera about he and his wife expecting. It’s all the more reason now to be anxious about kids and music,” Smiley said. “He sees music as a human right.”
“Gustavo Dudamel: Conducting a Life” airs 8 p.m. ET Wednesday on PBS stations (check local listings).