La Vega Children’s Orchestra Created
(Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, July 6, 2009) In the populous parish of La Vega, Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, hundreds of people came out to enjoy a brilliant concert from the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the world-famous Gustavo Dudamel. The event, sponsored by the Mayoralty of Caracas, was held as part of the city’s 442nd anniversary celebration on August 2.
ABN reported that by 3 in the afternoon on La Vega’s Independence Street, it was impossible to find a free spot to stand. One could not find an empty balcony, roof or low wall; as they were all full of people who had arrived very early to claim their improvised box seats.
Under the baton of the renowned Gustavo Dudamel, the young artists delivered their repertoire that had attendees dancing to “Mambo”, singing with fervor to “Alma Llanera” enjoying “Fuga con Pajarillo” “Danzon No 2”, and singing the National Anthem. According to ABN, during the concert conductor Gustavo Dudamel paid homage to the father of the Orchestral System, Jose Antonio Abreu, who sat on a corner of the stage and accompanied the musical festival with his applause.
“This is something so beautiful that I had never seen,” said Yuleisy Ramos, with tears in her eyes, only 11 years old, who in the middle of the concert asked her mother to enroll her as soon as possible in the orchestra “to know how it feels to play with Dudamel,” reported ABN.
During the activity, Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela, announced the creation of the Children’s Orchestra of La Vega, reported Venezuelan daily newspaper El Universal.
Creating orchestras in the parishes is part of the Venezuelan state’s program to promote the systemization of musical instruction and collective practice as a tool for community development. El Sistema has more than 190 centers throughout the nation with more than 300,000 young members, a central part of the national government’s efforts to achieve social justice.
Famed conductor Dudamel announced afterwards that this type of concert would be held in other communities throughout the country. “This is an artistic and social project that seeks to give hope and faith to children and youths through music,” stated Dudamel.