Multicultural Orkestri Tempo

The multicultural Orkestri Tempo, a Sistema-inspired program in Finland, hosted its annual Whole World concert in April in Helsinki. This year’s concert welcomed participants from the refugees’ reception center. Syrian children of all ages participated in the concert with a...
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Music Moments in the Hangar

HANGARMUSIK is a children’s orchestra for refugee children in the former airport of Berlin Tempelhof, run by Leila Weber and Andreas Knapp. A team from Germany, Venezuela, and Syria are working regularly with children ages 6-12 from countries such as...
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FEATURE: All Together, Every Wednesday

The Gothenburg neighborhood of Hammarkullen, Sweden includes almost a hundred different nationalities and languages, and struggles with high unemployment, gang activity and drugs. In 2009, with the support of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Dudamel, we launched the first...
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El Sistema: Music for Social Change

The new book “El Sistema: Music for Social Change” contains a variety of essays and is edited by Christine Witkowski, the founding Director of YOLA at HOLA for five years. The book includes program portraits from around the world, teaching...
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Arpegio Peru’s Orquesta de Barro: Music for Life

Arpegio Peru’s Orquesta de Barro made a second trip to Germany and Switzerland in March, where students performed a concert at the great Berliner Philharmonic, alongside the Droste-Hülshoff Symphony Orchestra. In Switzerland, the Orquesta worked to establish a long-term collaboration...
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