Latin America

Editorial | Competition, the Sistema Way

By Eric Booth, Co-Founder of The World Ensemble The English travel writer Pico Iyer moved to Japan 27 years ago, and his passionate hobby became playing ping-pong at a nearby club. His pleasure in the game comes from the way...
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Editorial | Athens to Texas: “We’re With You”

by Tricia Tunstall, Co-Founder and Executive Editor, The World Ensemble Over the past few months, some El Sistema activists in the United States have been mobilizing resources to launch an El Sistema program this month for immigrant children in Tornillo,...
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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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