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Tuesday, 9th December 2008
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Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra to perform in Tokyo

Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra (SBYO) will be playing before audiences in Japan from December 17th to 19th.

The Caracas-based orchestra, which will perform at the Tokyo Metrolpolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro, is led by the young conducting maestro Gustavo Dudamel and is renowned for its musical ability.

The orchestra is named after Simon Bolivar, a revolutionary hero in the country who is venerated for leading the struggle for Latin American independence in the 19th century.

It is believed there are currently around 300 orchestras in Venezuela.

The country's orchestra programme was started in 1975 by Dr Jose Antonio Abreu.

Known today as El Sistema, the programme offers instruments and free music classes to Venezuelan children and young people, irrespective of their background.

Around 400,000 people have gone through El Sistema in its 33-year history, with each staying an average of ten years, reports the Japan Times.