Gustavo Dudamel

After the cancellation of another concert tour by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra by Venezuela’s dictator Maduro, Gustavo Dudamel has published a very emotional message on his Facebook page.

« My heart is broken by the Venezuelan government’s cancellation of another tour by an El Sistema orchestra.

This is a very sad, painful moment for me, for the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and for my country. We have once again been prevented in our wish to share the remarkable talent and hope of our people with the world.

Yet events like these only strengthen my resolve to ensure that the music continues, everywhere. Indeed, these difficult times are precisely when we need music the most – to reaffirm the human connections between us, to give expression to our desires, and to nourish our dreams of better days to come.

To our friends in Taiwan, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, thank you for your understanding and support.

For my dear brothers and sisters in the Bolívar orchestra and the young people across our magnificent country, remain strong and proud: our spirit will not be broken, our hope will not waiver, our music will not be silenced. We are the future.

I shall never stop defending freedom of expression and the values of a just society. Dark days like these are difficult, but standing together, we can rise to the challenge of improving our society.

In that cause, we can all take inspiration from Beethoven, who in his Choral Fantasy, calls us to aspire to our highest ideals:

« Accept then, you beautiful souls, Joyously the gifts of Art.

When love and strength are united Humanity is rewarded with Divine grace. »

Gustavo Dudamel


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