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Leonard Cohen Chooses "Sistema Toronto" (Protégé-GGould)

Postby sturgess66 » Mon May 07, 2012 9:23 pm

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Leonard Cohen Chooses Sistema Toronto as Protégé
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Posted: May 7, 2012 1:50 PM ET
Last Updated: May 7, 2012 1:49 PM ET

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Glenn Gould Prize laureate Leonard Cohen has chosen the music education program Sistema Toronto
to receive the corresponding $15,000 Protégé Prize. (Associated Press)


Leonard Cohen has chosen Sistema Toronto, a program that offers free, intensive music education to children from culturally diverse neighbourhoods, to share in his Glenn Gould Prize.

The Montreal singer, artist, poet and writer will receive the $50,000 Glenn Gould Prize for lifetime achievement next week.

He will also present representatives from Sistema Toronto the corresponding $15,000 Protégé Prize, which is funded by the city of Toronto.

Sistema Toronto began its work in the Toronto school system in 2011, after a group of Canadian music educators were inspired by the El Sistema system created by Venezuelan economist, politician, educator and musician Jose Antonio Abreu.

In 2009, the Glenn Gould Foundation presented Abreu with the Glenn Gould Prize in Toronto, where he spoke about how the system helps poor Venezuelan children escape poverty and violence. One of the system's most prominent graduates is superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel, now music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

In Toronto, the music students work with professional artists and teachers for two hours at the end of every school day. Sistema Toronto artistic director David Visentin calls the program a powerful tool to shape young lives.

"There is no telling how powerful this impact will be in future years," he said in a statement.

"By awarding the children of Sistema Toronto the collective honour of being named the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégés, Leonard Cohen is giving much more than a prize. He is instilling hope, awakening dreams and he is challenging talent to reveal itself in the years to come."
Music-filled gala

On May 14, Cohen's accomplishments will be celebrated with a gala at Massey Hall in Toronto. The event will feature performances by musicians such as Basia Bulat, the Cowboy Junkies, James McMurtry, Serena Ryder, Anjani Thomas and Cohen's son Adam. Free events, including an exhibit of Leonard Cohen's artwork, are also taking place this week.

Cohen was named winner of the Glenn Gould Prize in 2011. Dubbed the "Nobel Prize of the Arts" by some, the Gould Prize is awarded biennially to "an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts."

"One of the most remarkable things about his extraordinary career is how it has become richer and deeper as each decade passed," said British writer and filmmaker Stephen Fry, who sat on the international jury that chose Cohen as winner.

Cohen had a bestseller with his 2006 poetry collection Book of Longing and topped music charts throughout Europe earlier this year with his most recent album, Old Ideas.
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Re: Leonard Cohen Chooses "Sistema Toronto" (Protégé-GGould)

Postby holydove » Mon May 07, 2012 9:32 pm

What a wise & wonderful choice of protege! Thank you for posting that, Linda.
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Postby lizzytysh » Mon May 07, 2012 10:05 pm

Such a very Leonard Cohen decision to make... benefiting many vs. one... and a wide variety of many...
"free, intensive music education to children from culturally diverse neighbourhoods" ~ it's just perfect 8) .
Instead of singing his own songs for free [a la Joni Mitchell's Free Man in Paris], others will be learning to sing, play, and perform for free.
Much more empowering.
My feelings for Leonard so often come under feeling "so proud!"
He's so deeply thoughtful of others.


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Re: Leonard Cohen Chooses "Sistema Toronto" (Protégé-GGould)

Postby Patrycja » Tue May 08, 2012 3:58 am

This makes me a little misty eyed. Such a great organization deserving of the recognition. It's like investing in faith in those who have been overlooked or neglected. Mustard seeds.
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Re: Leonard Cohen Chooses "Sistema Toronto" (Protégé-GGould)

Postby B4real » Tue May 08, 2012 5:29 am

sturgess66 wrote:"By awarding the children of Sistema Toronto the collective honour of being named the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégés, Leonard Cohen is giving much more than a prize. He is instilling hope, awakening dreams and he is challenging talent to reveal itself in the years to come."
Isn't that just such a caring and thoughtful choice of recipient :D
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