Special guest Stanford Thompson, Founder & Executive Director of the El Sistema-inspired organization Play on, Philly! joins us for a screening of Crescendo: The Power of Music.
Since its inception in 1976, El Sistema, Venezuela’s phenomenal youth orchestra program, has brought social transformation to several million disadvantaged children in that country. In addition to producing world class musicians like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema is now a rapidly expanding global movement, changing countless young lives worldwide. This film documentary follows three students (one in Harlem and two in Philadelphia at Play On, Philly!) who are at schools that have embraced El Sistema. Surprises, heartbreak, and joy come in big doses as we watch these three young people, their dedicated teachers, and the community around them, all responding to the mysterious power of music.
Director: Jamie Bernstein
Presented in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.