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The story of conductor extraordinaire Gustavo Dudamel, and of El Sistema, the children’s orchestra system that began in Venezuela and is fast becoming an international movement to transform the lives of children and communities through music. “Changing Lives is essential reading for every one of us who cares passionately about our neediest children.” Quincy Jones. Available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions. Also available at retailers, Barnes and Noble and Powell’s Books.

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“Changing Lives is essential reading for every one of us who cares passionately about our neediest children. Tunstall’s vivid, inspiring story-telling shows how the El Sistema model transforms children’s lives, by the hundreds of thousands — not only in Venezuela. It can happen anywhere, if we follow this road map for changing kids’ lives through music.” Quincy Jones
“Tricia Tunstall’s new book is the first to document the process that Mr Dudamel describes airily as ‘creating miracles’…Ms. Tunstall tells a vivid story.” The Economist
“Tunstall, in a compelling, readable book…uses Dudamel’s youthful exuberance and enthusiasm for music as an example of the way that music education can be a tool for social transformation.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Changing Lives is the first work to pull the entire tale together in one volume.” Reed Johnson The L.A. Times
“An incredible saga of worldwide classical music educational engine for meaningful social change. What a welcome burst of good news in this time of depressing news cycles!” George Marriner Maull Founder/Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra