Following excellent performances and a tight schedule in Houston and Washington D.C., the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra will end its U.S. tour in Chicago. The concert in the windy city will take place at the Symphony Center at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets are sold out.)
This latest U.S. tour by the orchestra, which has sold out performances in the most important theaters of D.C. and Houston, has been promoted by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and sponsored by CITGO, a subsidiary of PDVSA (Venezuela’s state owned oil company). The orchestra took part in educational and community activities in both cities.
In Washington D.C., ‘El Sistema’, which is proudly supported by the Venezuelan government, was paid tribute both by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) as well as the Organization of American States (OAS). The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States also hosted a reception for the 180 orchestra members. People from different spheres of life in Washington D.C., including journalists, had the opportunity to interact with the young musicians at this reception, as well as with famed and young director Gustavo Dudamel and the founder of ‘El Sistema’, Maestro José Antonio Abreu.
The government of President Hugo Chávez, as part of its commitment to social inclusion and the fight against poverty, is the government which has most financed and promoted the National System of Youth and Child Orchestras in Venezuela. This system was founded by Maestro Abreu in the 1970’s.
On Thursday, the orchestra has an open rehearsal at the Symphony Center in Chicago between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Furthermore, orchestra members will participate in educational and community activities in Salme Harju Steinberg Fine Arts Centre, DePaul University, Little Village Lawndales HS and the Merit School of Music. Between 2:00 p.m. and las 4:30 p.m. there will be a symposium about ‘El Sistema’ in the Graiger Ballroom.
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office, April 8, 2009.