Can classical music change lives? In Soul Music, novelist Candace Allen embarks on a personal journey that takes her from the streets of London and Scotland to Venezuela, where the Sistema scheme has offered thousands of young people a route out of the ghetto mentality through virtuoso musical training, bringing global fame to the charismatic conductor Gustavo Dudamel; to Ramallah, and Daniel Barenboim's East-West Divan Orchestra in which young Israelis and Palestinians play side-by-side.
Candace Allen is a novelist and was the first African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America. Race and music are an integral part of her life, from Miles Davis's close friendship with her father, to her marriage to Simon Rattle and political activism in the 60s and for Obama.
We moved from Boston's negro enclave... 'This is a show tune...' 'You don't have to live next to me...' 'To be young, gifted and black...' On the market front... 'We can deal with rockets and dreams...' 'How beauteous mankind is!...' Entr'acte 'What fruit it bears...' Darkness into Light Opera in the Streets A Brief Pause to Take Stock Manna from the South 'Change is the only certainty...' The Purpose of Music Codas Diminuendo con amore Acknowledgements Further Reading Index