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Jose Antonio Abreu Nominated for Latin Grammy

Venezuelan master Jose Antonio Abreu, creator and founder of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela, will receive a Honoris Causa Latin Grammy this November at the Tenth Latin Grammy Awards for his remarkable work in music.

Argentine singer Charly Garcia, Mexican singer Marco Antonio Muniz, Peruvian singer Tania Libertad, Cuban percussionist Candido Camero, Brazilian singer Beth Carvalho and Mexican composer Roberto Cantoral will also receive the award.

The Glenn Gould Foundation awarded Abreu and young conductor Gustavo Dudamel for the development and extension around the world of the social program known as “El Sistema” and its influence in classical music. Abreu received the main prize of the foundation and Dudamel was awarded The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize.             

Symphonic Orchestra Touring Europe and Canada

Vice-president Ramon Carrizales saw off the Venezuelan Youth Symphonic Orchestra before the beginning of their international tour to Italy, Austria, France and Canada, being held from October 16 to October 29, reported the National Radio of Venezuela (RNV). The 220 young musicians will meet again Gustavo Dudamel to continue the tour, informed the Bolivarian News Agency (ABN).

The economist, musician and president of the National System of Orchestras, Jose Antonio Abreu, told the young musicians to “warmly greet Gustavo Dudamel, who is waiting for you to offer you his support,” informed RNV. “I congratulate you for the difficult repertory you prepared for this tour. I’m sure you will be back having huge success,” lovingly added Abreu.

Press Office of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States / October 19, 2009

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