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Yale Alumni Chorus Athens Academica & El Sistema Greece

Classical and Contemporary-Classical Music

June 29, 2019, 20.00, Stavros Niarchos Hall GNO

Yale Alumni Chorus Athens Academica & El Sistema Greece

Hundreds of choristers and musicians will flood the stage of Stavros Niarchos Hall in the most populous production of the 2019 Summer Nostos Festival. The audience will enjoy a musical experience of unprecedented energy and intensity. The program focuses on works by Brahms and Christopher Theofanidis and features 125 choristers from Yale University, musicians from El Sistema Greece, and the Academica Athens Orchestra.

As “Ambassadors of Song,” the Yale Alumni Chorus (YAC) strives to build international understanding through the universal language of music. The group has appeared on major stages around the world, from the U.S. to Russia, and was the first American choir to sing at the Kremlin. The group’s members organize community service projects in conjunction with almost every concert, and YAC itself provides funding support to a number of student choirs around the world.

The Academica Athens Orchestra consists of renowned musicians who have played in leading Athenian orchestras. It has collaborated with great names of the Greek and international stage, including Evelyn Glennie and Fanny Ardant. Although its core is made up of strings, the orchestra is often accompanied by musicians playing other instruments, thereby expanding its repertoire, which ranges from pre-classical to contemporary classical music, with particular emphasis on music for the cinema.

El Sistema Greece offers free music lessons to children and young people regardless of their origin, nationality, language, or religion, thus providing them with the chance at a better future. El Sistema Greece fills Athens with music: in the refugee camps at Skaramangas and Eleonas; in Moschato in cooperation with the Apostoli NGO; in Alimos in collaboration with the G. Malliaras School; at the “One Child, One World” Community Structure; and at the new El Sistema Greece premises in the intercultural neighborhood of Kypseli. More than 1,250 children and young people have taken part in the actions of El Sistema Greece. Its educational approach is based on the method of Venezuela’s El Sistema social program, founded by maestro José Antonio Abreu. The program has been adopted by 60 countries around the world and has been recognized by UNICEF for its effectiveness in combating juvenile delinquency. It’s based on a combination of learning and artistic excellence, with particular emphasis on interpersonal relationships, which is extremely important for students. On stage, the kids are true artists, disrupting stereotypes and proving their potential as members of a music community.