SATURDAY, April 20, 2013
7:30 pm • Vanier Hall
GUEST ARTISTS: Vivace Venezuela
GUEST CONDUCTOR: jonathan govias
For a lively musical experience, add some Latin spice to your PGSO, and you've got an irresistible evening! A blend of cultural fusion, direct from Venezuela, these young musicians will put the sizzle into a fiery night of rhythm and energy. This concert is inspired and led by returning guest conductor Jonathan Govias.
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Tickets: Adult $29.00 - Senior $25.00 - Under 25 $15.00
Available At Studio 2880, at the PGSO Office and at the door
Music is a Natural Resource
Every culture has its own music, its own unique ‘natural resource’. However, unlike natural gas, coal, and oil, music is one that remains largely untapped. Music is as natural to our daily life as the air we breathe and the food we eat; as water, energy or love. Cultural inclusiveness and diversity is a defining characteristic of the Canadian mosaic. Through the common language of music, we can build bridges between cultures and promote a greater understanding of the global community of which we are all a part.
Children are our most valuable natural resource. The Prince George Symphony Orchestra has invited six graduate musicians of the El Sistema program to participate in a collaborative music program. During their stay, these young musicians will perform and provide presentations at public and private schools. They will tell their story, how they became involved in the music program and how it has transformed lives.
The objective of the project is to inspire and educate youth by fostering intercultural understanding and awareness and to create a music performance based on collaborations between musicians from different cultures. The residency will provide opportunities for our public and private schools to expose their students to world-class musicians. Through their stories, the Venezuelan youth will demonstrate the impact of music on social change. Participants will experience the world from a different perspective, and develop skills, confidence and leadership qualities.
Jonathan Govias is a distinguished conductor, author and public speaker. He combines extraordinary artistic credentials with profound insight into the power of music to transform society. Jonathan was first exposed to the idea of music as an agent of social change when he was appointed Music Director of the Calcutta Orchestra in 1998. Since then, Jonathon has developed an international reputation as an educator and instructor for the El Sistema model on 4 continents. It was the unique combination of Jonathan’s appearance as Guest Conductor with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and his linkage to the musicians of the original Venezuelan model of El Sistema that inspired this collaboration.
At the heart of El Sistema is a simple idea: using the classical music ensemble experience to promote positive social change in youth. It works because in a musical ensemble, there is diversity of role yet unanimity of purpose and direction. In an ensemble, there is no success for one without success for all.
The most natural choice is having Jonathan return to work with musicians in Prince George.