"Physical poverty is overcome by the spiritual richness that music provides."—José Antonio Abreu
During "Discovery Day: El Sistema" on December 8, 2012 Carnegie Hall explores Venezuela's spectacularly successful El Sistema educational program and its influence on educational thinking in the United States. El Sistema—Venezuela's national system of youth orchestras—is a state-funded organization that was created in 1975 by Venezuelan maestro José Antonio Abreu. The goal of El Sistema is to systemize music education, and promote the collective practice of music through symphony orchestras and choruses as a means of social organization and community development. El Sistema has become the most comprehensive social-responsibility program ever developed in Venezuela and has made an unparalleled impact worldwide.
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