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Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's Set for THE CONCERT Benefit at United Palace, 6/28

Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's Set for THE CONCERT Benefit at United Palace, 6/28

On June 28, 150 students from El Sistema programs in New York, New Jersey, and New Orleans will come together to perform a benefit concert at the United Palace. Simply titled The Concert, this event epitomizes the collaborative spirit of El Sistema, an innovative music education program built on the belief that music can act as an agent for social change. El Sistema has become a breathtaking success in Venezuela, where it originated nearly 40 years ago; over the past decade, it has expanded into a full-fledged global movement.

Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (YOSL) will be among the El Sistema-inspired programs performing on The Concert. Launched in July 2013, YOSL is Orchestra of St. Luke's intensive instrumental coaching and orchestra program in partnership with the Police Athletic League (PAL) and several New York City public schools. YOSL seeks to address needs in OSL's Clinton/Hudson Yards neighborhood by providing high-quality musical instruction and ensemble activities that promote self-confidence, leadership, and team-building skills in young people, and that create strong community connections.

From its inception, YOSL has been committed to collaboration with like-minded music education programs. On The Concert, YOSL's fourth, fifth, and sixth graders will have the opportunity to perform together with students from Harmony Program (New York, NY), Washington Heights and Inwood (WHIN) Music Project (New York, NY), Corona Youth Music Project (Queens, NY), UpBeat NYC (Bronx, NY), and Union City Music Project (Union City, NJ).

The Concert will be hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein, who last year, upon the launch of Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's, noted that YOSL and other El Sistema-inspired programs give children a daily activity that supports their development as focused, self-motivated individuals and colleagues. "This is a program about social transformation-and it just so happens that an orchestra is a perfect template for a world that works: a world based, literally and figuratively, on harmony," Bernstein explains.

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