Longy Side by Side: 2014 Celebration

March 22, 2014


Thank you to everyone who participated, attended, and gave in 2014!

Our 2015 Side by Side Celebration will be held on Friday, March 20.
7pm Open rehearsal with Sistema Side by Side
Dinner to follow 

Press Coverage




Longy School of Music of Bard College welcomed conductor Gustavo Dudamel to lead its Sistema Side by Side Orchestra. Longy President Karen Zorn and Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein presented Dudamel with Longy’s Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award after the Saturday performance.

By Joseph P. Kahn, Globe Staff

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the late Leonard Bernstein, was among the VIPs attending a Saturday concert conducted by Grammy winner Gustavo Dudamel at Longy School of Music of Bard College. He appeared with the Sistema Side by Side Orchestra, made up largely of 60 young musicians from Greater Boston and Pittsfield. Bernstein and Longy president Karen Zorn presented Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with a lifetime achievement award. Attendees at a post-concert party included Boston Philharmonic music director Benjamin Zander, MIT president Rafael Reif, actresses Ginny Mancini and Gates McFaddenChristopher Lydon, and critic-poet Lloyd Schwartz.


Watch NECN's report on Sistema Side by Side, including footage from the rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel.


Read a review of the event on Boston Classical Review. 


Read Christopher Lydon from WBUR's Radio Open Source
on Longy's Side by Side event.


Read Jeremy Eichler
on Dudamel's weekend in Boston.


Read Lloyd Schwartz from New York Arts
on Dudamel in Boston.

Event details

Sistema Side by Side, a music program begun in October, 2013, and offered free of charge to participants, has created a different kind of orchestra - one where conservatory graduate students and grade school students share music stands in performance. One where students from communities across Massachusetts come together throughout the year for a series of intensive rehearsals and performances, creating community through playing music together, and working through differences in the pursuit of a common musical goal.

On March 22, Gustavo Dudamel, award-winning Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted the Longy Side by Side orchestra in an open rehearsal of excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. The orchestra comprised 50 children from Sistema programs in Massachusetts, members of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, and, as special guests for that date only, 10 musicians from Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) – the Los Angeles Philharmonic's initiative inspired by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel's artistic vision and experience in Venezuela's El Sistema.

Watch this short video about the Side by Side orchestra:

Watch the Longy Side by Side video

The open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel resulted from a collaboration between Longy, the Celebrity Series of Boston, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.







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