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Montreal's Viva! Sistema provides no-cost music instruction for young people

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A benefit concert featuring 20-year-old cellist Stéphane Tétreault and the I Medici di McGill orchestra will take place this Friday February 28. The performance is in support of the Viva! Sistema project at St. Gabriel's School in Montreal

Viva! Sistema is an offshoot of El Sistema, a program introduced in Venezuela in 1975 by economist and musician José Antonio Abreu. The idea was to give economically disadvantaged children the opportunity to make music at no cost, and it was wildly successful. Children in the program became members of the acclaimed Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, and some went on to become professional musicians. One such person was Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Dudamel will conduct the Montreal Symphony next month. READ THE FULL Montreal Gazette ARTICLE.