El Sistema • Venezuelan Brass & Choir
Works by Claudio Monteverdi, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner, Francis Poulenc, Randall Thompson, George Gershwin, Frank Martin, Krzystof Penderecki, César Alejandro Carrillo, Giancarlo Castro, Rafael Suárez and others
We thank for the support and collaboration:
Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar. Órgano Rector del Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas y Coros Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela. Tocar y Luchar.
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Thomas Clamor, Conductor
Venezuelan Brass Ensemble
Juan Gorrín, Conductor
Lourdes Sánchez, Conductor
Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela
The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble was founded in 2003 by the German trumpeter Thomas Clamor, implementing an idea of José Antonio Abreu. It unites the best brass players and percussionists of the various El Sistema orchestras in one ensemble. Since its founding, the ensemble has been on many highly successful tours to Germany, England, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada, the USA and of course also within Latin America. Its mixed programme of classics and South American hits proves not only the ensemble’s musical abilities, but often brings thousands of listeners to their feet in rapture – for example at the memorable BBC Proms in London.
The Brass Ensemble is still directed by Thomas Clamor. Since his first visit to Venezuela in 2001, the German musician has maintained close ties with El Sistema: in addition to leading the Brass Ensemble, he regularly gives master classes for children and teenagers there. He played an essential role in establishing the first Latin American Brass Academy in Venezuela.
The Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir was founded in 2006 and is one of the ensembles which have acted as an ambassador for El Sistema outside Venezuela. Its guest appearances in Germany and the USA were internationally acclaimed. The chorus is directed by Lourdes Sánchez, who is also the director of the entire El Sistema choral department. As part of the Salzburg Festival, the Venezuelan youth chorus will also perform in Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 8 as well as Mozart’s Missa in C Minor under Gustavo Dudamel’s baton. Simon Rattle and Krzysztof Penderecki have previously conducted this choral ensemble.