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Latin America

A Concert in Honor of Maestro Abreu

The Colombian Ministry of Culture, Fundación Nacional Batuta, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and the Embassy of Austria in Colombia, have organized an event to honor Maestro José Antonio Abreu, who passed away in Caracas on 24 March 2018. 358 musicians...
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FEATURE: My Mexico City Experience

On February 28th I traveled to Mexico City, Mexico, to play alongside young musicians like me from all around the globe, in an orchestra festival under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel and Arturo Marquez.  When I first found out I...
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Remembering Maestro Abreu

In memoriam: José Antonio Abreu May 7, 1939 – March 24, 2018 by Tricia Tunstall, Executive Editor We at The World Ensemble share the deep sadness of so many thousands at the death of Maestro Abreu, whose brilliant vision, boundless energy...
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What Happened in Mexico City?

Recently in the The World Ensemble we featured an article about Las America Encuientros in Mexico City that brought together Sistema musicians from five U.S. programs, as well as young musicians from Puerto Rico, Argentina, Mexico, and the National Children’s Orchestra in Venezuela. Coming...
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A Message from Fundación Musical Simón Bolivar

Fundamusical, the administrative organization of Venezuela’s El Sistema, announced that it had registered the 900,000th member of El Sistema. Nine year old Valentina Carrero recently joined. Our colleagues in Venezuela continue to grow the program, even during hard economic times, toward their...
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A Journey With Wings

On February 28th, eight students of Sistema New Brunswick took off for Mexico City, embarking on a long journey that highlighted the even longer musical journey they are taking in their lives. Years ago, these students began with instruments made...
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Music for Reconciliation in Colombia

This year, more than 18,000 young victims of violence in Colombia will continue changing their reality through collective musical practice. “Music for Reconciliation” is Fundación Batuta’s most impactful program and is supported by a partnership with the Ministry of Culture;...
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Concierto Debut Orqueta Juan José Landaeta

On Saturday, January 27, the Juan José Landaeta Symphony Orchestra (OSJJL) debuted in the Simón Bolívar concert hall at the National Center of Social Action Through Music. The orchestra demonstrated its musical excellence in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s First...
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