Concert Orchestras Generation in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
July 1st, 6 pm, at the Open Air Amphitheater of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Free entry subject to available places.
Ticket: Modern Art Center / Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt (from 12:00 on the same day)
Inspired by the model of the Symphony Orchestras Program for Children and Youth of Venezuela, of which the Simón Bolívar Orchestra is the ultimate exponent, the Generation Orchestras are an example of the use of music education as a means to promote social inclusion.
The initial orchestra, created in 2007 as part of a broader social project in Casal da Boba (Amadora), has been integrating new groups. In Vialonga (Vila Franca de Xira) and Bairro da Mira (Amadora) two more orchestras are being formed, covering more than 190 children in total. It is this group of young people that is now being presented to the public. They are mostly students from the 5th to the 7th year of schooling, who in this way learn to express themselves through music and to develop the self-confidence and knowledge necessary for a balanced, hopeful growth, away from exclusion and marginality.
In the 2009/2010 school year, another six youth orchestras are expected to be launched in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (Sintra, Sesimbra, Barreiro, Loures and Oeiras) including another in Amadora, this time in the Zambujal district.
Under the pedagogical coordination of the Conservatório Nacional Music School, the Generation Orchestras are currently sponsored by the Municipal Councils of Amadora and Vila Franca de Xira, the Calouste Gulbenkian and EDP Foundations and the companies Central de Cervejas and Dolce Vita – Chamartin.