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Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela Makes First U.S. Tour

Philadelphia Orchestra's United States Tour
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's 4th Carnegie Hall Tour with CM
San Francisco Girls Chorus Returns from Korea, Beijing & the Forbidden City Music Hall!
Yale Alumni Chorus Brings the Power of Song to South Africa
Classical Movements' 20th Tour with the National Symphony Orchestra
Yale Concert Band Blows Away Brazil
An Italian Quartet
Joie de vivre! - L'Orchestre National de France in London
The University of Maryland Chamber Singers Take 2nd Place in Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Tours Mexico, U.S., Canada
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Performs in the Most Prestigious Concert Halls in Brazil
Portland Youth Philharmonic Tours Taiwan and South Korea
Three Musical Cities, One Outstanding Festival
Classical Movements Launches New Choral Festival in South Africa
Melodia! In Scenic Brazil and Argentina
Carnegie Hall Welcomes Minnesota Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Perform in Florida
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.


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