|Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Performs in the Most Prestigious Concert Halls in Brazil|
Orchestra Members Enjoy Exciting Cultural Exchanges in Music
At the end of June of 2007, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, under Maestro Louis Scaglione, set out on a travel adventure to Brazil that would prove to be a crowning moment in the early musical careers of the ensemble's talented members. The concert tour led the orchestra through a number of Brazil's beautiful cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the town of Petropolis.
Among the performance venues were the Teatro Cultura Artistica in Sao Paulo and the stately Rio Teatro Municipal. Concerts were warmly, even enthusiastically received with repertoire consisting of Mozart's Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, the Overture from Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica"), Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and the Schumann Piano Concerto.
Orchestra members thrilled to the breathtaking sights of Brazil's famous scenery and took delight in cultural exchanges with students of one of Rio's famous samba schools. The young artists of both organizations shared demonstrations of their respective craft, and when language became a stumbling block, it was to music and laughter that the teenagers turned to bridge the divide.
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's Brazilian tour serves as a shining example of the inestimable value of such a trip. Amidst a complicated world climate, there has perhaps been no better time for musicians of all ages to take upon themselves the role of global ambassadors of goodwill. Through music, artists everywhere are able to forge international bonds and build bridges of cultural understanding and unity - deeds that often elude the best-laid plans of politicians.
Of the many accomplishments in which Classical Movements takes pride, at the top of the list would have to be the positive and lasting impact that a concert tour has on both musician and audience.