Gustavo Dudamel, CNN En Espanol Docs Focus on Music Education
Gustavo Dudamel, CNN En Espanol Docs Focus on Music Education

The importance of music education at an early age and for children of all socio economic levels will be highlighted in two closely linked documentaries.

"Crescendo-Why Music Is Life," produced by CNN en Español, is a 20 minute production that interviews a host of Latin artists and personalities-including Daisy Fuentes, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Trevi, Arthur Hanlon, Fanny Lu, and Ricardo Montaner, among many others-on the importance of music in education and the impact of music on children's lives.

The documentary will air June 23 prior to the debut of "Dudamel: Let the Children Play," a documentary about the importance of music and youth orchestras as a universal right for children. The piece is inspired and hosted by acclaimed LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who got his musical training as part of "El Sistema," the Venezuelan music and education program. Similar music programs for children from all economic levels are being created in countries around the world.

Both documentaries will be shown in more than 400 movie theatres nationwide through the NCM Fathom Digital Broadcast Network. "Crescendo-Why Music is Life" will later air as a special edition of "Showbiz" on CNN en Español July 13.

More information on "Let the Children Play" can be found here.