Youth Orchestra from Venezuela visits Saint Lucia
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.