August 1, 2008

San Diego Welcomes Venezuelan “El Sistema” Students to 4th Annual International Youth Symphony

The San Diego Youth Symphony and Rotary International Youth Exchange present the 4th Annual International Youth Symphony. Student musicians from all over the world will convene in San Diego to share their passion for classical music and to perform on August 8, 2008 at California Center for the Arts, Escondido and on August 9, 2008 at Crill Auditorium at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU).

Each year San Diego Youth Symphony and Rotary International Youth Exchange gather students from around the globe to join San Diego’s most talented musical youth for an intensive 2 week summer music camp program. Under the direction of Artistic Director Jeff Edmons these local and international participants experience the powerful influence of music in the promotion of world understanding, friendship and peace. The music camp culminates with finale performances shared with audiences throughout the San Diego Region.

This year, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Rotary International Youth Exchange are especially pleased to welcome four Venezuelan students from El Sistema into the 2008 International Youth Symphony: Wilfredo Perez (violin), Jairo Gonzales (violin), Omar Perez (viola), and Roberto Gonzales (cello). El Sistema is Venzuela’s nationally instituted program which strives to use music in the protection of childhood through training, rehabilitation, and prevention of criminal behavior. El Sistema’s network of 102 youth and 55 children’s orchestras serves approximately 100,000 Venezuelan students, many coming from impoverished neighborhoods in the country. El Sistema has garnered much international attention in recent years due to the critically acclaimed documentary on the program entitled Tocar y Luchar “to play and to struggle” as well as coverage by press including a special segment on 60 Minutes.

”This annual music camp provides a unique experience for talented musicians from around the world,” shares Edmons. “The students are able to share their passion for classical music while also embracing their cultural diversity.”

The August 8th International Youth Symphony Concert, sponsored by Tobie and Daniel Fink, will take place at California Center for the Arts, Escondido starting at 7:30pm. The August 9th International Youth Symphony Concer will take place at Crill Auditorium at PLNU. Both performances will include rousing renditions of Mozart Symphony No. 35 and Beet-hoven Symphony No. 4.

Contact the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory at (619) 233-3232 or visit them on the web at www.sdys.org for more information about tickets, concerts, and annual student auditions. Ticket prices for the August 8th and August 9th International Youth Symphony concerts are $8 for students and seniors, and $20 for adults.

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