The Promise Of Music

  |  Buy to Own: 18/08/2008
  |  90 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Documentary feature about the story of Gustavo Dudamel and his Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. The orchestra was founded in 1975 by the social crusader Jose Antonio Abreu with a specific dictum in mind: that in the poorest slums of the world, where drug addiction, crime and despair run rife, life can be greatly improved if children can be brought into an orchestra to play the overwhelmingly European classical repertoire.The story follows Dudamel, and the young musicians from among whose ranks he came, preparing in Caracas for an upcoming concert at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. The eventual performance is the climax of the film.