LA Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel Connecting with Kids and Classical Music – Just like Leonard Bernstein before him, the conductor with the wild curly hair and passionate conducting style has launched a music education program to provide instruments and training for about 800 kids from underserved communities in LA. He founded the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLSA). It is inspired by El Sistema, the program he has in his home country of Venezuela. The Youth Orchestra is now doing their first tour, after a decade. They have two venues in LA: Disney Hall and The Hollywood Bowl. At the latter they can have 18,ooo people every night. He said: “I don’t like to talk. I prefer to work and build things. I’m not a politician… I’m a musician, I’m an artist…What I can do is spread the message of music and art as a very important element of humanity.”
What Lang Lang Loves About New York – Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang has more than 300 dates a year on his schedule, but when he does stay put, he likes to be in New York City. In fact, his new CD is titled New York Rhapsody. He is the city’s first “cultural tourism ambassador, to encourage more Chinese tourists to visit his adapted hometown. He says he take in the culture every way he can, and that’s not hard because there is culture everywhere you look. He thinks the streets and subway are true cultural gems when it comes to music. And he says there is no place like Washington Square Park.
Microsoft New Products – Microsoft held its October event this week where it unveiled new Windows 10 products, including members of its Surface family. Windows 10 has a revamped interface and new and improved features. It is a free upgrade for those with Windows 7 or 8.1. First you should go the Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor, create a recovery drive, and back up your important files to ensure that the upgrade goes as smoothly as possible. If you are not quite sold on Windows 10 you can run it alongside an older operating system and multiboot Windows 10 to allow switching between system when you turn on your PC.
Another New Samsung Smartphone – Another Samsung smartphone replacing the problematic Model 7 is their J3 which should arrive soon for U.S. consumers. It has a 5-inch display with 720 x 1080 pixels resolution, and 2GB RAM coupled with 16GB internal storage with expandable memory option. It uses Android Marshmallow and has both 8MP and 5MP cameras front and back plus a 2,600 mAh battery capacity.