Youth Or­ches­tra from Venezuela vis­its Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Em­bassy of the Bo­li­var­ian Re­pub­lic of Venezuela, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic, will host the Ma­turin Cham­ber Youth Or­ches­tra of Venezuela from 9th - 18th July, 2015. While in Saint Lu­cia, the vis­it­ing or­ches­tra of ap­prox­i­mately forty mu­si­cians from the state of Mon­a­gas will con­duct a one week in­ten­sive or­ches­tral work­shop tar­geted at over two hun­dred youth from across Saint Lu­cia. In ad­di­tion to the work­shop, the or­ches­tra will make a se­ries of con­cert ap­pear­ances.

The visit marks the fifth col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­ity be­tween the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic and the Venezue­lan Na­tional Sys­tem of Chil­dren’s Youth Choirs and Or­ches­tras known as “El Sis­tema”, fa­cil­i­tated by the Venezue­lan Em­bassy with the sup­port of the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia. The cur­rent visit is ex­pected to fur­ther ad­vance ef­forts at cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able sys­tem­atic or­ches­tral train­ing pro­gramme for Saint Lu­cian youth and mu­sic teach­ers is­land wide and to in­crease public and pri­vate sec­tor sup­port for the es­tab­lish­ment of a fully func­tion­ing Saint Lu­cian Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tra.

The work­shop, which will be con­ducted at the Castries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School be­tween 10th and 16th July, 2015 is open to all Saint Lu­cian youth cur­rently study­ing mu­sic in wind, string, per­cus­sion, guitar and choral in­stru­ments and is sub­ject to a $10.00 reg­is­tra­tion fee.

Planned con­certs by the Maturín Cham­ber Youth Or­ches­tra in­clude a ben­e­fit con­cert on Satur­day July 11th at 7:30p.m sharp at Mu­sicbox, Golden Palm Event Cen­tre in Rod­ney Heights; tick­ets cost $75 and the dress code is semi-for­mal. A free com­mu­nity con­cert will also take place on Sun­day, July 12th at 5:00p.m at the La­borie Catholic Church and a fi­nal event with Saint Lu­cian and Venezue­lan youth per­form­ing to­gether at the Mi­nor Basil­ica of the Im­mac­u­late Conception in Castries will be on Thurs­day, July 16th at 6:00pm.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic, Mr. Richard Payne, has ex­pressed sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the friends and con­trib­u­tors who have as­sisted thus far in help­ing meet some of the as­so­ci­ated costs of stag­ing this ac­tiv­ity. In par­tic­u­lar, The Ro­tary Club of Saint Lu­cia and The Ro­tary Club of Gros Islet re­spec­tively, made match­ing con­tri­bu­tions of $3,000 dol­lars each to as­sist with the pro­vi­sion of nec­es­sary feed­ing dur­ing the work­shop.

The Maturín Cham­ber Youth Or­ches­tra of Mon­a­gas is one of over 300 or­ches­tras of the Venezue­lan Sys­tem of Chil­dren’s Youth Choirs and Or­ches­tras in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized as “El Sis­tema”. The Na­tional Sys­tem of Chil­dren’s Youth Or­ches­tras and Choirs in Venezuela is a so­cial and cul­tural work of the Venezue­lan State. It was con­ceived and founded in 1975 by teacher and Venezue­lan mu­si­cian, Jose An­to­nio Abreu.

Per­sons seek­ing in­for­ma­tion or wish­ing to pur­chase tick­ets should con­tact the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic at 452-2473/285 2936.

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