The city of Valparaíso, Chile has long been famed for its scenic hills and the unique cable cars which climb those hills. More recently it was in the news because of damage from the February 27, 2010 magnitude 8.8 earthquake. Today's video shows another reason Valparaíso should be in the news: students there are getting a great musical education thanks, in part, to PROMÚS, an organization for the music educators in Valparaíso.
Today's video shows students from Colegio Speiro, a Christian school in Valparaíso, playing Verano Porteño on a collection of instruments including recorders, guitars, flutes, xylophones, percussion and a melodeon. Libertango is the choice of 99.99% of music educators and it is refreshing and surprising to see a student performance of the more complex Verano Porteño. The group is well rehearsed and many of them are showing some real musical talent. The performance is one that any music educator in the world would proudly share on stage for fellow educators. The young people are being granted a true gift to be able to play one of Piazzolla's greatest works at such an early age.
My congratulations to the ensemble and to it's leader, Joaquin Ignacio Cisterna Gallardo. You can see more videos of music at the school at the Andreaxsx channel on YouTube.
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