Concert Orchestras Generation in Fudation Calouste Gulbenkian
Day 1 of July, 6:00 pm, in the Open Air Amphitheater of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Free entry subject to available seats.
Ticket Office: Centro de Arte Moderna / Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt (from 12 noon on the same day)
Inspired by the model of the Venezuelan Children and Youth Symphony Orchestras Program, of which the Simón Bolívar Orchestra is the greatest exponent, the Generación Orquestras are an example of the use of music teaching as a means to promote social inclusion.
The initial orchestra, created in 2007 as part of a wider social project in Casal da Boba (Amadora), has been integrating new groups. In Vialonga (Vila Franca de Xira) and Mira neighborhood (Amadora) two more orchestras are in formation, covering more than 190 children in total. It is this group of young people that is now showing the public. The majority of pupils in the 5th to 7th grade 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 academic year 2009/2010, it is planned to launch six more youth orchestras in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (Sintra, Sesimbra, Barreiro, Loures and Oeiras) including another in Amadora, this time in Bairro do Zambujal.
Under the pedagogical coordination of the National Conservatory Music School, the Generation Orchestras are currently sponsored by the Amadora and Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Boards, the Calouste Gulbenkian and EDP Foundations and the Central Beers and Dolce Vita – Chamartin companies.