is an exhilarating 50-minute sound score of classical masterpieces
Beethoven, Mahler, Dvorak, Bernstein, and others interwoven
with the life and transformational experience of witty,
vibrant, and prodigious youth from the Americas. It is the
story of the birth, synthesis and sensational inaugural
tour of the Youth
Orchestra of the Americas, 110 gifted young musicians
who came together in July 2002 from 20 Western Hemisphere
countries to form an ensemble that not only has inspired
the audiences who heard them play in seven countries, but
also, in breaking cultural stereotypes, has expanded the
hearts and horizons of every participant in the program.
From renowned conductors, Placido Domingo, Leonard Slatkin
and Benjamin Zander, to soloists, Yo-Yo Ma and Paquito d'Rivera,
as well as numerous government leaders, without exception
each found that the YOA musicians inspired them at a totally
unexpected level of excellence. These leaders appear in
the documentary as they teach and enjoy the musical experience.
Audiences who have previewed the film have found they are
intensely moved by the transformation of individuals from
vastly different backgrounds who came together as strangers,
learned to know each other, shared each other's cultures,
studied and performed in magnificent unity, and parted as
friends for life to take back what they have gained to their
homes and communities.
With very few words of explanation or comment, SYMPHONY
imparts the vision of how this model can be expanded into
community, corporate and government arenas to bring the
countries of North, Central and South America to a needed
understanding and stronger working relationship.
SYMPHONY received its world premiere at the 2004 Breckenridge