It has been a great honor and privilege for LA Phil Board members and patrons to accompany our terrific orchestra on tour here in Caracas, Venezuela for the second half of our ambitious Mahler Project. The dual highlights of the trip for us all have been the incredible concerts performed by both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, as well as our life changing exposure to the music and participants in Venezuela’s El Sistema social action program.
We have witnessed first hand the power of El Sistema to change lives. None of us will ever forget seeing nearly a dozen different youth orchestras and musical ensembles perform inspirational and challenging works, many times from memory. This video was taken inside the main El Sistema nucleo in Caracas, and features the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra performing the song ‘Somewhere’ from a Leonard Bernstein “West Side Story” medley. This song, and all the other music we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing, speaks of Gustavo’s vision that music is indeed a fundamental human right.
Thank you to everyone who has helped make this groundbreaking tour possible.
David C. Bohnett
Chairman of the Board