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El Sistema Founder Abreu to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Cleveland Institute of Music

Mike Lawson • News • March 27, 2013

Venezuelan music education pioneer Jose Antonio Abreu will receive an honorary doctorate during the Cleveland Institute of Music’s 88th Annual Commencement Ceremony in May in recognition of his work with the groundbreaking “El Sistema” music education program.Venezuelan music education pioneer Jose Antonio Abreu will receive an honorary doctorate during the Cleveland Institute of Music’s 88th Annual Commencement Ceremony in May in recognition of his work with the groundbreaking “El Sistema” music education program.

The 73-year-old Abreu founded El Sistema in 1975 and it has since become famous for providing education and social opportunities for thousands of Venezuelan youths of all classes. The program has been widely emulated throughout the world. Among its alumni is Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein founded an El Sistema program at Cleveland’s Rainey Institute in 2011 and will receive an alumni award from the institute at this same upcoming commencement ceremony.

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