Is El Sistema a busted flush?

[04/02/2016] A new article in Classical Music magazine.

I wrote this before the news about Dudamel, YOLA, and the Superbowl, which somehow manages to make my article redundant and illustrate its point at the same time. El Sistema has become a media and entertainment phenomenon, so its educational and social justice credentials are neither here nor there. No matter what revelations come out, it’s business as usual, with the emphasis – certainly in the case of Dudamel, Deborah Borda, and the LA Phil – firmly on business.