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Concert in Benefit of Youth Orchestras Affected By the Earthquake to Be Held At ECLAC

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28 April 2010|Press Release

The programme includes prominent soloists, singers and classical and contemporary musicians.

(22 April 2010) The works of Chopin, Verdi, Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla, among other composers from different eras will be interpreted at a concert in benefit of the youth orchestras of the Chilean cities of Talcahuano and Cauquenes, which lost much of their instruments and equipment during the February 27 earthquake.

The cultural event will be held at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago on Monday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is co-organized by ECLAC, the Foundation of Youth Orchestras of Chile and the Municipality of Vitacura, with the cooperation of the clarinetist Valene Georges, Director of the Bartok Chile Ensemble.

Reputed interpreters will participate in the concert, among them, pianist Felipe Browne, violinist Denis Kolobov, the Bartok Chile Ensemble, a strings group of the National Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Chile and well-known lyric singers.

The youth orchestras of Talcahuano and Cauquenes were seriously affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Chile's central-south regions. Both bands lost a considerable number of musical instruments, accessories and basic infrastructure for rehearsals and budgetary restraints are menacing their existence.

The orchestras are made up of 100 children and youths who, apart from losing their belongings and homes, haven't been able to carry out one of the things they most like in life: playing music together.

The minimum contribution suggested for attending the concert is $10,000 Chilean pesos, which will be collected at the entrance. The funds will be used to help the youth orchestras of Talcahuano and Cauquenes.

A detailed programme of the event is available on the ECLAC webpage.

The concert will take place at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago (Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Raúl Prebisch Conference Room, which has a limited capacity of 300 persons).

For questions about the concert, please call: 210-2699/2668.

For press-related inquiries, contact ECLAC's Information Services. Email:; telephone: (56-2) 210-2040/2149.