Founder of the inspirational "El Sistema", José Antonio Abreu, and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, under the baton of world-renowned Gustavo Duadamel will be in Istanbul in August, for a series of events.

The amazingly gifted Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel is entirely educated in El Sistema. Founded by musician José Antonio Abreu , El Sistema is a publicly financed music education system in Venezuela, which watches over youth orchestras and the instrumental training programmes which make them possible. The foundation is making classical musicians out of more than 250,000 young Venezuelans, and it has transformed the lives of many underprivileged youths. It has already inspired many countries across the hemisphere to launch similar programmes.

Venezuela Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, a significant product of El Sistema, will be in Istanbul on 8 and 9 August for two concerts. In addition to the concerts, the events will also include debates on how to launch a similar system in Turkey, with the participation of José Antonio Abreu.

Venezuela Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel

8-9 August 2011, 20.30
Haliç Congress Center, Sütlüce

08 August 2011, 20:30

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Hamlet: Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare, in F minor, Op.67

Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare

The Tempest: Symphonic Fantasy after Shakespeare, in F minor, Op.18

Francesca da Rimini: Symphonic Fantasy after Dante, Op.32

09 August 2011, 20:30

Maurice Ravel
Daphnis ve Chloé'den Süit, No. 2, "Lever du Jour, Pantomime, Danse Générale"
Suites Dapnis et Chloé, No.2, "Lever du Jour, Pantomime, Danse Générale"

Evencio Castellanos
Santa Cruz de Pacairigua, Symphonic Suite

Carlos Chávez
Symphony, No.2, "Sinfonia India"

Igor Stravinsky
Firebird Suite (1919)

Concert tickets are available for purchase or delivery on all sales channels:

• Biletix retail outlets,
• Biletix call centre, (216) 556 98 00
• Main Box Office (10.00-20.00): Istanbul Foundation Culture and Arts (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası, Sadi Konuralp Caddesi, No.5 Şişhane)