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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Venezuela's World-Renowned "El Sistema" and Simón Bolívar Big-Band Jazz in the Bronx

Community calendar Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education welcomes Venezuela's world-renowned "El Sistema" Simón Bolívar Big-Band Jazz (SBBBJ) to their performance space on Thursday, November 3, 2011, as part of a concert series. The November 3rd event will be presented by Afro Latin Jazz Alliance at Casita Maria Center for the Arts & Education, hosted by Arturo O'Farrill. Led by Venezuelan percussionist, Andrés Briceño, the Simón Bolívar Big-Band Jazz will perform new and traditional big band repertoire during their historic, inaugural visit to the United States. This significant trip is a good-will tour by the SBBBJ-Venezuelan musicians, all of them products of the internationally-recognized "El Sistema", to share their model and introduce their premier 40-piece jazz orchestra. Serving as the official New York City host is musician Arturo O'Farrill, Founder and Artistic Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. This series will be a rare chance to experience an international movement that promotes the "El Sistema" method of social organization and community development, which has transformed hundreds of thousands of children's lives globally. "El Sistema" is a government-funded organization, founded by maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, aimed at systematizing youth music education and promoting the collective practice of music through symphony orchestras and chorus. In the spirit of "El Sistema" and in order to engage communities throughout New York, the November 3rd evening performance is free and open to the public. To reserve tickets, please RSVP to info@casita.us
or call 718-589-2230, ext. 6055.

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