With their passionate playing and vision for social action through music in tow, El Sistema travels to Austria for a 19-day residency at the Salzburg Festival for a series of concerts, open rehearsals, special events, and symposia. To inaugurate the residency on July 24, Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Known as the "Symphony of a Thousand," Mahler's opus receives a landmark performance that brings together eight leading soloists, four choruses, and the 200 musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela - the flagship ensemble of El Sistema - led by Gustavo Dudamel.
Gustavo’s Salzburg Festival concerts with the Bolívars then continue July 30
with Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in a performance that brings together the Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Chorus, the Simón Bolívar Sympony Orchestra of Venezuela, and the Simon Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela and features soprano Anna Larrson.
On August 1 and 2
, Gustavo and the two Venezuelan ensembles become part of a Salzburg heritage when they perform Mozart's Mass in C minor, a Festival tradition since 1935. This summer, Mozart’s mass will be performed twice at the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, with soloists Anna Prohaska, Roberta Invernizzi, Mauro Peter, and Florian Boesch. For Gustavo's final performance of the residency, the conductor and El Sistema alumnus himself leads the Bolívars in Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 on August 3
at the Grosses Festspielhaus.
This summer’s El Sistema residency marks Gustavo’s third appearance at the Salzburg Festival with the Bolívars. Since its founding 38 years ago by Maestro José Antonio Abreu, El Sistema has inspired similar projects around the world; and, in Venezuela today, El Sistema comprises 1550 music groups, 24 state-sponsored orchestras, and 286 music schools called nucleos.