Baltimore Symphony's OrchKids project to get mention on 60 Minutes
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
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.
BALTIMORE SUN STAFF PHOTO OF AN ORCHKIDS CLASS