In November 2009, The Glenn Gould Foundation staff visited Caracas to experience the El Sistema program after the successful Celebration of Music week with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

Touring neighbourhood music schools, called núcleos, as well as a luthier where students learn to make and repair instruments, we were inspired and humbled with the passionate youth and the program's dedicated administrators.  Special events included a concert conducted by Penderecki and a spectacular rehearsal from the then unseen Teresa Carreño Orchestra of Venezuela, comprised of the best students from El Sistema in the age 14-16 category.   

Watch video featuring all these highlights on our YouTube Channel.