El Sistema Residency in Salzburg has united Venezuela with the rest of the world. On 07 August, the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela (NCOV) appeared with members of the superar children’s orchestras from Armenia, Austria, France, Israel, Italy and Portugal, as well as with the Mozart Children’s Orchestra of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg. “What I liked most was making music with other children, regardless of nationality,” said Francesco, one of the 150 children from the superar orchestras that participated in a musical event at the Holztechnikum Kuchl with over 150 members of the NCOV on 07 August.
Under the batons of Andrés Ascanio from Venezuela and Bruno Campos from Guatemala, the notes of pieces by Arturo Márquez, Gioachino Rossini, Manuel Artes, and Alberto Ginastera, among others, went up into the air like balloons and proved that the new generations have a way of confounding the gloomy predictions about the future of humanity.
Meanwhile, at the Mozarteum, the Mozart Children’s Orchestra of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and the rest of the members of the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela held a open rehearsal for families.
Under Christoph Koncz and Jesús Parra, the young musicians played two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 4 in D Major and Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major. Afterwards, they performed Manuel Artes’ Chamambo.
Conductor Koncz said that even when he does not speak Spanish, he was able to communicate with the Venezuelan musicians. “Music is a universal language,” he explained.
Next concerts by the National Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela in Salzburg will be held on 10 and 11 August under the baton of Simón Rattle.