“Encounters" | Music Unites the Continents
A champion of the belief in music's power to unite and inspire, Dudamel is particularly committed to the idea of the "United Americas"
This February-March, Gustavo Dudamel is taking the Vienna Philharmonic on its first "Americas" tour: beginning at Carnegie Hall in New York and concluding at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, with stops in Florida, Mexico City, Bogota and Santiago de Chile. It is an extremely meaningful tour for Dudamel, bringing the legendary Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to his home continent and symbolically uniting North, Central and South America.
A champion of the belief in music's power to unite and inspire, Dudamel is particularly committed to the idea of the "United Americas", as he recently told the New York Times:
"The Americas are a united essence. The culture of the Americas – north, south, central – is inspired by the landscape, the people, the folklore of these amazing countries. There is great variety, but also so much common. We are all part of the 'New World', with all the sense of youth, hope, diversity and courage that term has represented for generations."
As part of the upcoming tour, Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, abbreviated INBA) Secretary of Culture and the Arturo Márquez Foundation (Fundación Arturo Márquez) have partnered with the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation (Fundación Dudamel) to create a four-day intensive Art and Citizenship workshop for young musicians from across the Americas.
From March 1 to 4, 300 young musicians from artistic and community programs of the National System of Musical Development in Mexico (Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical en México) from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile will participate in rehearsals, discussions and final performance at the majestic Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
The workshop will be conducted under the guidance of Maestro Dudamel alongside an international faculty of world-class teachers and educators. The repertoire includes Arturo Márquez's "Alas (a Malala)", dedicated to the Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, who fought for education as a fundamental right of children everywhere, and Antonin Dvorak's popular "New World" Symphony, a work inspired by indigenous and African-American musical traditions.
Many of the participating young musicians will come from local education initiatives promoting music education in underserved communities. Together, they will explore the cultural unity of the Americas and offer a timely celebration of harmony, equality, dignity, beauty and respect through music.
For more information, please contact: Willy Villarreal, firstname.lastname@example.org