25 years earlier, in 1975 the treasurer of Caracas, in his second profession/education composer and conductor, had a similar vision and dreamed of having all children in Venezuela, who are threatened by poverty, crime and other negative effects during their childhood,’under’ instruments instead of’ under’ weapons or in violence.
This treasurer, Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, started the first Children and Youth Orchestra in Venezuela – which through its fast growth and success , was soon transformed into a state foundation (For those who have a problem with H. Chavez - this was several years before he appeared on the horizon as president…however today he supports the foundation with several million Bolivares each year). To date more than 2 million kids have passed this unique system of children education, where all kids learn in GROUPS, from as early as 2 years on, how to make CLASSICAL music TOGETHER - and such learn to listen to each other, respect each other, what fruits discipline in mastering an instrument can bear and all the other effects that are often enough neglected once you learn alone, like in many of our systems in the western hemisphere. El sistema, this is the name of this movement, has received last year from the Interamerican Bank for Development (some of you may remember this bank from Aviation projects in the region) 150 Million !!! USD in order to build and provide the infrastructure to bring the current level of 350 000 kids and students in el sistema to 500 000 until 2015.
The encounter with Maestro Abreu and Gustavo Dudamel last year and the level of classical music that was presented by two hundered and fourty 12 – 24 year old kids on their Tour through Europe and later Asia, playing together since their earliest childhood, underlined again for me the words and meaning from Ricardo Muti and woke me up.
It is my serious and hearts desire as founder of this global Aviation Experts Network to spread the idea of Maestro Abreu into as much countries, cultures and peoples hearts as possible.
I will never forget,( and some of the cofounders of this Network may remember the story) how the 15.mio DM ORAT project in 2000 was saved from being entirely lost after terrible misunderstandings, through the common passion of the client and one of our team members for a German Folksong: ‘Sah ein Knab ein Röslein stehn…’ And this in Seoul/Korea !!!
Since one of the founding aspects of this Network was as well, to enable students to make experiences abroad, currently the daughter of one of our network experts is in Venezuela to finish her thesis on the subject and to find out, what of this maybe ‘best of all projects’ can be transformed and be beneficial as well for the western hemisphere, where the music they play in Venezuela to enrich their souls was created.
Soon a homepage – www.musicisit.org - will be launched and give you more details on this project and how you can – eventually – can support it…
Until then, please do not hesitate to check the link list below or send us your questions or feedback on the feedback page here – for the time being on the Avconet homepage.
One day after the amok massacre close to Stuttgart (a German region that claimed to have one of the highest education levels in the country – which usually is a sign for low crime and violence - ) on March 10, 2009, where 16 pupils and teachers lost their lives, I really hope that the conviction now grows faster, that we need to reach the soul of our children with music NOW before the gameboys, killer games (counterstrike etc.) and similar threats, or even the reality of street life in our growing cities conquer the souls of our next generation – in a journey of no return towards crime.
If Aviation is the means in our days to connect the world, and such open the eyes for other cultures, their habits, their food, their way of doing things and master their society problems, why not thinking and working jointly on making MUSIC the accelerator to a better world…with more happy children – and a brighter future for all of us !!!
Bye for now…looking forward for your comments
And thanks for taking the time reading the above
and a growing group of volunteers in Frankfurt (and other cities), thinking of how to make ‘el sistema’ a model for us…