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Published on Jun 25, 2008
PlusInspiring Venezuela's Children a Note at a TimeInspiring Venezuela's Children a Note at a TimeThe Associated PressVenezuela has become a hotbed of young classical music talent thanks to a system the country has in place that lets youth of all backgrounds get their hands on precious instruments. (June 25)[Notes:wide shot of street/c/u of building]Here along a nondescript street in a nondescript building music is being made.(pause for nat sound)[Notes:children in classroom]They are the children of Venezuela, and like generations before them, they are being instructed in the art of classical music.(pause for nat sound)[Notes:various of children playing instruments]It's all part of what's known as "el Sistema" (sis-tee-MAH) which is a nationally supported system of children and youth orchestras. The students, all 250 thousand of them, range in age from six to 12 and many come from humble upbringings who otherwise couldn't afford these instruments or this training.[Notes:conductor leading orchestra]Which is one reason why this conductor says the program is so needed.(pause for nat sound)[Notes:conductor ansewring questions]He says the music gives them hope and confidence and makes them better citizens.[Notes:child playing clarinet]And this child says instead of wanting to become an athlete when he grows up he'd rather play in an orchestra.(pause for music)[Notes:w/s of orchestra)]The best musicians get to play here for the Simon (see-moan) Bolivar Youth Orchestra whose conductor is himself a product of El Sistema and is set to become the music director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.(pause for nat sound)[Notes:conductor]He says everyone deserves an opportunity and the orchestra is giving the children the chance to be the life of the country.(pause for music)[Notes:pan of kids playing instruments]And for a while they get to live the life of a star and travel the world including two sold-out concerts last year at New York's Carnegie Hall.[Notes:young kids playing]Still, most students won't reach those heights and will only play in local auditoriums (pause for music)organizers hope they will leave with a greater appreciation of the arts and the sound of music and cheers in their ears.(pause for cheering)