Latin America

The Bolivars Bring Their New Sound to Russia

by Anis Barnat, Associate Project Manager, Askonas Holt, and Founder, El Sistema Greece The Bolívars are back! In December 2019, the 155-member Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, led by Maestro Christian Vasquez, were invited to perform in Russia. It...
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Music Up! Putting Music at the Service of Community

by Cecilia Velázquez Moreno, Manager, Orquestando Armonía Orquestando Armonía (Orchestrating Harmony) was born in Boca del Río, Mexico, in July 2014, through an initiative of the municipal government. It is supported by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Boca del Río, which...
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A Mexican Village Hosts an International Music Festival

by Felix Alanis, Naolinco International Music Festival The Naolinco International Music Festival (Festival Internacional de Música Naolinco) is an annual summer music festival that takes place in the municipality of Naolinco, Veracruz, Mexico. The motto of the festival roughly translates...
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Transition Time: A New Home for The WE

Editorial by Eric Booth and Tricia TunstallCo-founders, The World Ensemble It’s exhilarating to make something new. Anyone who’s ever started a “music for social change” program, or any kind of new program, or even any work of art or craft, knows that...
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EDITORIAL: The Transformative Power of Big

I have been lucky enough to attend the last three gatherings of the global Sistema’s biggest events—Side by Side by El Sistema Sweden, Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra, and the YOLA National Festival.  There is no getting around it—these are gigantically...
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A Bank of Musical Instruments To Transform Lives

I met Natalia García de Castro, Executive Director of the Siemens Colombia Foundation, one rainy morning in Bogota in March 2019. On that day, we began to work together to design innovative proposals in favor of children and young people who...
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