1st of July, 6 pm, in the Open 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)

Generation Orchestras

Inspired by the Venezuelan Children’s and Youth Symphonic Orchestras Program model, of which the Simón Bolívar Orchestra is the maximum exponent, the Generation Orchestras is 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 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 are now presented to the public. They are students from the 5th to the 7th year of schooling, mostly, who in this way learn to express themselves through music and to develop the self-confidence and knowledge necessary for balanced, hopeful growth, away from exclusion and marginality.

In the 2009/2010 academic year, six more youth orchestras are expected to be launched in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (Sintra, Sesimbra, Barreiro, Loures, and Oeiras) including another one in Amadora, this time in the Zambujal district.

Under the pedagogical coordination of the National Conservatory’s School of Music, currently, the Generation Orchestras are 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.

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