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Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra : How did a Venezuelan youth orchestra end up in Boston's Symphony Hall? The answer is El Sistema, an extraordinary national music education program that has drawn journalists from far and wide to Caracas to witness its startling results with Venezuelan urban youth. This particular orchestra is the flagship of the program, and its leader, Gustavo Dudamel, is the most buzz-generating conductor around, ever since the Los Angeles Philharmonic named him to be its next music director at the ripe old age of 26. It's tough to weigh hype against substance because so few people have actually heard him conduct, but the orchestra's current national tour will give many listeners a chance to judge for themselves. They'll play music by Bartok and Bernstein among others. Presented by New England Conservatory. Nov 7, 8 p.m. Tickets at 617-266-1200 or bso.org -- JEREMY EICHLER
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Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra: How did a Venezuelan youth orchestra end up in Boston's Symphony Hall? The answer is El Sistema, an extraordinary national music education program that has drawn journalists from far and wide to Caracas to witness its startling results with Venezuelan urban youth. This particular orchestra is the flagship of the program, and its leader, Gustavo Dudamel, is the most buzz-generating conductor around, ever since the Los Angeles Philharmonic named him to be its next music director at the ripe old age of 26. It's tough to weigh hype against substance because so few people have actually heard him conduct, but the orchestra's current national tour will give many listeners a chance to judge for themselves. They'll play music by Bartok and Bernstein among others. Presented by New England Conservatory. Nov 7, 8 p.m. Tickets at 617-266-1200 or bso.org

-- JEREMY EICHLER
(David Rochkind for The Boston Globe)
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