On July 24, Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema and of the Simón Bolivar Youth of Venezuela Symphonic Orchestra, opened "The Miracle of Venezuela – El Sistema and the Power of Music".
Set within the framework of the Salzburg Festival, the exhibition presents images by photographers Meridith Kohut, Oscar B. Castillo and Carlos Javier Ortiz, documenting the daily lives of El Sistema music students. They reveal the significance of El Sistema and of music, as bonding and uniting elements for the social development of children and of Venezuelan culture.
"It was a heartfelt desire to bring El Sistema to Salzburg [...]. Thanks to Leica, in addition to the musical experience, we are also able to offer photographic impressions of El Sistema in its homeland of Venezuela," Alexander Pereira, Intendant of the Salzburg Festival, said at the opening.
The inauguration was followed by an opening concert of El Sistema Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra 1, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and performing Gustav Mahler's Symphony Nr. 8.
Viewers can enjoy "The Miracle of Venezuela – El Sistema and the Power of Music" at the Großes Festspielhaus up until September 1, 2013. At the same time, further photos are on display along the banks of the Salzach river, between Mozartsteg and Müllnersteg, and images from the project are being shown at the Leica Gallery Salzburg, Mirabellplatz 8 (until August 9).
In addition to the exhibition, there is a 100-page special issue of LFI: The Miracle of Venezuela, available at: www.lfi-online.de