“If you put a violin in a child’s hands that child will never hold a gun.”                                    -Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu

A message from Jamie Bernstein, Producer

My father, Leonard Bernstein, believed with all his heart in the power of music to transform the lives of young people.  I wish he’d lived long enough to see El Sistema – a Venezuelan youth orchestra program that is bringing social transformation to thousands of disadvantaged children, all around the world.

Two years ago, El Sistema arrived in a tough neighborhood of West Philadelphia.  We’re telling the story of the kids, the teachers and the community as the music begins to change all of their lives.  Leonard Bernstein isn’t here to see what’s happening, but you are.  I hope you’ll join us on our amazing journey.

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