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Success is an amazing combination of talent, hard work, and good fortune. Aaron Dworkin is the embodiment of this troika, and his story is quintessentially an American one. As his book shows, he has made the most of opportunities presented to him, and his words show him to be a visionary in the promotion of American culture to its young citizens. Uncommon Rhythm is a very informative and inspirational read. --Branford Marsalis, Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Musician

Aaron Dworkin has taken a wondrous and complex life path, using that richness of experience to enrich the lives of many deserving young musicians. This is an inspiring and instructive memoir. --Ara Guzelimian, Dean of the Juilliard School

Aaron Dworkin's story is remarkable. He was raised black in an emotionally chilly white home in a small, all-white, American town in the 1970s, when overt racism was still prevalent and interracial adoption was rare. Playing the violin, his black face remained an anomaly in the orchestra for decades. That he was able to build what he did from experiences that have crushed others is testament to his vision, tenacity and beautiful spirit. --Theresa Reid, PhD, Executive Director of ArtsEngine and author of Two Little Girls: A Memoir of Adoption

About the Author

Named a 2011 Champion of Change, a MacArthur Fellow, a Member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama s first nominee to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin is the Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music. An author, social entrepreneur, artist-citizen and an avid youth education advocate, Dworkin has received extensive national recognition for his vast accomplishments. He has been featured in People Magazine, on NBC s Today Show and Nightly News with Brian Williams and Anderson Cooper 360. He was named one of Newsweek's 15 People Who Make America Great and featured on NPR's The Story and Performance Today. A passionate advocate for excellence in music education and diversity in the performing arts, Dworkin has been a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer at numerous national conferences including The Aspen Ideas Festival, Chautauqua and many national service organizations.

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Aquarius Press (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098462127X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984621279
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,185,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this midlife memoir which offers an unpretentious look back into the author's childhood and youth - years which were equally as dominated by conflicts with his adoptive parents as with his great love of music. What makes this book so appealing is that Dworkin neither attempts to analyze nor to gloss over painful memories and perceived personal failures ("it is what it is"). However, what really impressed me is Dworkin's never wavering commitment to grass roots activism, social justice, and equal opportunity for the disenfranchised and minorities, even during times when his own life was anything but stable. Dworkin's achievements, as evident through the widening success of his Sphynx organization, are highly commendable and reflective of a leader with a clear vision who puts people first and money second. If you want to get inspired start reading now.
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