Avila TV Venezuela: Revolutionizing Television

Avila TV Mural

By Lainie Cassel

In Venezuela they are a key force in the country’s ongoing media-war. Armed with video cameras, they are a team of some 380  young people working for Caracas television station, Avila TV. Started as an experiment just three years ago, according to one study it is now the third most watched station in the city. Funded completely by the government, they consider themselves a voice of President Hugo Chavez’s “socialist revolution.” Continue reading

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The Sound of El Sistema

The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra contains the best high school musicians from Venezuela’s life-changing music program, El Sistema. Led here by Gustavo Dudamel, they play Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2.

The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra will be in residency at the Southbank Centre, London in April 2009.

For tickets go to http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Tickets are limited and dates are virtually all sold out.

‘Music-making this joyous is in a class of its own. If you hear of the orchestra coming within 500 miles of you, book straight away’ (Telegraph).

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“The Future of Classical Music lies in Venezuela”

Excerpt from documentary ‘Mata Tigre” 2006

Placido Domingo cried when he saw the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra perform. The world-renowned opera singer confessed that the concert evoked the strongest emotions he had ever felt.

Sir Simon Rattle, director of the Berlin Philharmonic, swore that the country’s youth orchestras were doing the most important work in classical music anywhere in the world.

And former Berlin Philharmonic director Claudio Abbado only needed to see one performance by the orchestra to invite the Venezuelans to play in Germany. Continue reading