The Joy of Music: The Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra of Zihuatanejo

By: Ekaterina Kulganek.

Zihuatanejo is a growing city, not only geographically but also culturally. Currently, the city is participating in a state project to create a symphonic orchestra for children and adolescents. The objective of the project is to help prevent delinquency among minors by involving them in constructive activities.

Amilcar Torres, Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Acapulco, heads this project of creating symphony orchestras throughout the state of Guerrero. The first children’s orchestra was formed in Acapulco and includes three hundred participants.

The musical project was initiated in Zihuatanejo in November 2013 with the participation of 140 children from low-income families. The children are guided by five teachers who give instruction on music theory and musical instruments. The orchestra has twenty-five different musical instruments and a choral group.

Music means a lot to little children like Omega Osorio Hernandez, who is nine years old.  She has always liked music and asked her mother if she could participate.  She enjoys every moment of choir class and plans to study the violin.

The youngest in the group is six years old. The oldest member is Daniel, who is thirty and blind. For these children, music is not only an expression but can be a future career.

The children work hard with their teachers from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. every day. Soon you will hear the best of classical music played by the little ones of Zihuatanejo!

Listen to their premiere concert.

Translation by: Patricia Ann Talley

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