“The musical education of young people interests me, regardless of their social or economic background.  I like to personally engage with children and youth.  It is these seemingly unspectacular achievements that give me great joy.”
Zubin Mehta from his autobiography

The Israel Philharmonic knows how to give to the community. On Tuesday morning, Zubin Mehta led an all-star team of musicians to the Instituto Baccarelli, a community music academy serving one of San Paulo’s poorest neighborhoods. For the 13 IPO members, who were a bit apprehensive on the way to this part of the city, it was a morning of musical and personal fulfillment; meeting enthusiastic youngsters, listening to them perform and teaching master classes. 

 Childrens' chorus, Mario Adler on left, Director Edilson Venturelli front

They were greeted by a children’s’ chorus singing traditional Brazilian songs, kind words from Director Edilson Venturelli, and then a performance by one of the four orchestras.  Conductor Roberto Tibillica led the students in Overture to the “Fledermaus” and the first movement of Mendelssohn’s “Italian Symphony”. 


Zubin and Nancy listening

Zubin and his IPO team who lined up in front of the orchestra were amazed at the technical excellence and energy of the young players.  Zubin Mehta is an icon!  These kids, who are of all colors and backgrounds, come straight from some of the worst neighborhoods. 

Cello class Micha 

At Instituto Baccarelli they find a quality environment, teachers, ensembles and a unique experience in classical music. There are 770 children who regularly attend activities in this community of 120,000.  Immediately after the orchestra performance the musicians were chaperoned to classrooms where IPO principal players of violin, viola, cello, bass, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani, bassoon, flute, and tuba met the students and taught until lunch time.

 tuba class Adi

Zubin’s first contact with Instituto Baccarelli was 4 years ago when the IPO was last in San Paulo. At that time he found 17-year-old bass player Adriano Costa Chaves and brought him to Tel Aviv to study at the Buchmann-Mehta Academy.  Adriano has now completed 3 years of study, played with the IPO in the month of July and joined the orchestra for its South America Tour.  Today there are three Brazilians studying at the Academy in Tel Aviv. 

 Bass class Peter

All the young musicians attended the IPO’s rehearsal at the Sala Sao Paolo, and will accompany the orchestra on Wednesday to its concert in Paulinia.

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