My mother, a former teacher, said last week that at nearly 90 she had become a groupie flying to Los Angeles to see Gustavo Dudamel, the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was conducting the L.A. Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela during a week-long TchaikovskyFest.
He’s brilliant, but also does amazing work with young musicians in Venezuela and elsewhere. (The Simón Bolívar’s musicians are from 18-28).
I thought about this when I watched the Dave Eggers TED talk. He’s long been a hero of mine, opening 826 Valencia before the Mission was hip, tutoring thousands of Mission kids for free (he actually remembers many names) and starting ScholarMatch to raise money for college students in need.
So at 62, I may be an Eggers groupie. Enjoy the talk. Donate often and lots.