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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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Happy 41st Birthday, El Sistema!

To celebrate the 41st birthday of El Sistema in Venezuela, Fundamusical has compiled a film of clips from speeches and presentations by José Antonio Abreu, beginning with his talk in 1975 to the original “pioneers” of El Sistema: Ayer 12.02.16...
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We Are All Red and Together We Build Culture

La Red de Escuelas de Musica in Medellín, Colombia, is getting ready to celebrate its twentieth anniversary by publishing a book of stories told by members of La Red’s community. These stories recount how individuals, families and communities have been...
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Bridging Autism Awareness, Environmentalism, and Music

Two news updates from Venezuela: During the Earth and Autism Awareness Month, the Simón Bolívar Music Foundation staged concerts at national parks and monuments promoting environmental conservation and the integration of people with autism into society, through El Sistema Special...
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Hope for a Peaceful Colombia

Batuta recently launched a new program, Voces de la Esperanza (Voices of Hope), in Buenaventura, a city on Colombia’s Pacific coast. Buenaventura has suffered many years of violence, and Batuta is collaborating with the Unidad de Víctimas, a government project...
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