Music with a mission to help

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”
Plato

Musicians have always been – and still are, even more so – migrants. They have to travel all over the world to earn their living. They often live in countries other than their own, they speak many languages, they cross borders almost every day. But they have a home.

When we heard about the project of El Sistema Greece, we immediately thought: this is our chance as musicians to help. In Greece, still thousands of refugees live in camps under extremely poor conditions. Many of them are traumatized, particularely the children, and many children are orphans or have lost contact with their families. El Sistema Greece was launched to face the challenges of this situation.

Similar to the originalEl Sistema idea, which was born in Venzuela in 1975 to bring musical education to children living in slums or under critical social and economical conditions, El Sistema Greece offers musical education to refugee children. It encourages musical activity, it brings concerts and it empowers cultural diversity by exchanging musical traditions. Integration is supported by combining musical and language education, teaming up with Greek musical and pedagogical institutions.

“It is definitely a very intense and emotional experience playing for and working with the refugee children. So many little eyes full of life, energy and interest. I hope very much, that this project is going to grow fast, develop well and be able to reach all the children in the camps. Thanks to all the teachers, musicians and staff in Athens who are doing the essential regular work in the camps!” Anna Fusek

What we want to do

We believe that il pomo d’oro, a typical group of ‘musical migrants’ with many different nationalities, is a perfect ambassador of the el sistema idea, and we see it as our heartfelt responsibility to help with what we know best: music. We contribute to El Sistema Greece as a group by giving concerts and workshops and as individuals by providing instrumental lessons and tutoring.

Where

We started with concerts and workshops in the camps of Athens in February 2017 and March 2017 and will return on a monthly basis.

What can you do?

You can help us with our engagement in Greece by financing our travel expenses, and paying for the material necessary for our educational programs, as well as for instruments. Our musicians work for free. All activities are documented on our website and on social media.

Support

Events

  • 25/ January
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 26/ January
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 27/ January
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 10/ March
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 11/ March
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 28/ May
    Dresden, Joyce DiDonato: In War & Peace

    20.00 h / Kulturpalast

    Tickets
  • Joyce DiDonato, Mezzosoprano
    Maxim Emelyanychev, Direction
    Il pomo d’oro

    In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music: Selection of works by Monteverdi, Purcell, Händel, Jommelli, Leo, and others.

  • 12/ June
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 13/ June
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 24/ July
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 25/ July
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

  • 26/ July
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

  • Il pomo d’oro and El Sistema Greece are working on the program. More details will come soon.

Discover more

03.04.2017

Our experiences in Greece

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12.03.2017

Fundraising Appeal

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01.11.2016

Alfia Bakieva: My story

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01.11.2016

We join El Sistema Greece

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