Venezuelan Brass Ensemble | Norway | May 2012
Leonardo Mendez as Executive Director of the VBE (El Sistema, Venezuela).
..."The Venezuelan brass Ensemble plays a combination of classical works and South American repertoire, and does so with a swing that makes it difficult for audiences to sit still. Many of the 43 members of the ensemble come from the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, one of the best known orchestras to emerge from El Sistema, Venezuela’s unique music education programme for young persons. The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble, whose performance venues include the BBC Proms and the Salzburg Festival, has been received enthusiastically by full houses worldwide".