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Dudamel and Sim?n Bol?var Orchestra of Venezuela on U.S. Tour

Special concerts and presentations from November 28 to December 12 in New York, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Press Release / Simón Bolívar Music Foundation.-

This year, America’s winter season will be brightened from coast to coast by the singular energy of Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar Orchestra. The top orchestra of the renowned System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs, known as “El Sistema,” will tour five North American cities and perform seven concerts featuring Latin American compositions.

The tour starts November 28 at Berkeley College in California, where the Venezuelan musicians will hold a four-day residence with seminars, master classes, chamber music concerts at local schools and communities. On November 29 and 30, they will perform at Zellerbach Hall to an audience of 2,000 people.

The third concert is on December 2 at Chicago’s Symphony Center, the home of the Chicago Symphony. Then, the orchestra moves on to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for a sold-out show with a capacity of 2,442. The fifth concert is on December 5 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Their arrival to New York on December 6 coincides with an awards ceremony by Musical America, which will present Gustavo Dudamel and José Antonio Abreu (the founder of “El Sistema”) with prizes for “Musician of the Year” and “Educator of the year.”

Venezuela’s participation in the festival “Voices from Latin America” at Carnegie Hall begins December 7 with a concert by the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble under the direction of Thomas Clamor. On December 8, its band members will perform a chamber music concert, debuting four pieces from the composers Gonzalo Rubalcaba of Cuba, Danilo Pérez of Panama, Enrico Chapela of Mexico, and Esteban Benzecry of Argentina. Those pieces were commissioned by the Carnegie Hall specifically for the occasion.

While in residence at Carnegie Hall, the musicians will also offer conferences about the Venezuela’s famous music and social programs, master classes, and family and community concerts closing with two shows at the Stern Auditorium on December 10 and 11. The following pieces will be performed throughout the tour: “Sinfonía India” by Carlos Chávez (Mexico), “Tres versiones sinfónicas” by Julián Orbón (Spain), “La noche de los Mayas” by Silvestre Revueltas (Mexico), “Rituales Amerindios II- Chaac,” by Esteban Benzecry (Argentina), “Chorus Nº 10,” by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brasil); “An Alpine Symphony” by Richard Strauss (Germany), and “La Cantata Criolla” by Antonio Estévez (Venezuela).

This is the third U.S. tour by the Simón Bolívar Orchestra. The first was in fall of 2007, with sold out concerts in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, including a debut at Carnegie Hall in which the orchestra was conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and Simon Rattle as part of the “Berlin in Lights” program. In January 2012, the orchestra spent three weeks at Walt Disney Hall and joined the LA Philharmonic for Dudamel’s Mahler Project, which featured all nine symphonies by Gustav Mahler in 16 concerts in L.A. and Caracas.

November 25, 2012

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