“When I first conducted the Infantil Orchestra in Caracas, I could not believe that children as young as nine and never older than 14 could not only play all the notes, but also could make such wonderful
music. It is exhilarating and life-enhancing. This is, quite simply, the future of music. Those of you lucky enough to hear the concerts will see why.” (Simon Rattle)
Rarely has an orchestra enchanted and thrilled its audience as the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela did at the Salzburg Festival: their concert combined pure joy of playing and an exceptional musical knowledge - “Musical quality of the highest level, a miracle!”, as the press wrote. The concert features Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 as the central work, in addition to Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and “Danzas de Estancia” by the Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera. The Orchestra was founded in 2010 by José Antonio Abreu as part of El Sistema, Simon Rattle took the podium himself and conducted the first-ever concert of the new Venezuelan children’s orchestra at the University of Caracas. Following the invitation of the Salzburg Festival, the National Children’s Symphony Orchestra embarks upon its first tour abroad. And once again, it’s Simon Rattle who conducts the children’s orchestra in its international debut. As a special bonus the “Danzas” by Ginastera are conducted by 18-year-old Jesús Parra, the latest child prodigy to come of out El Sistema’s educational prog


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