The Youth Orchestra of Caracas

The Youth Orchestra of Caracas

In September, I took the Little Flock to Crotona Park and we listened to the Youth Orchestra of Caracas. Heidi Hynes, my supervisor, mentioned the concert to me the week before.

I am a strong believer in music and was happy the parents at my church allowed their children to join me.

It was a concert celebrating 10 years of solidarity between the Bronx and Venezuela. In 2005, the late President of Venezuela,  Hugo Chávez, provided  gallons of discounted heating oil  to thousands of low-income residents of the South Bronx. While sitting there on the grass, I felt a  feeling of positivity in the air, it felt like only the possible could happen for the rest of my life!. Everyone was celebrating the goodness in the Bronx and all the things that can happen when you put your mind to it…

I was happy I went because the concert has inspired me on many levels.

Everytime I go to a music concert, it reminds me how hard work really does pay off. It also make me pick up my flute and take time to pratice the piano. I enjoyed the testimonies given by UpbeatNYC.

The children who went with me expressed their desire to learn how to eventually play an instrument.

One of the best comments during the concert was: “In Venezuela it is a child’s consitutional right to learn music”.

Porta Potties

Porta Potties

Why do kids love Porta Potties?? They all wanted to ‘use the bathroom badly’ when they saw the porta potties.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr

Bronx President

Mr. Ruben Diaz, Jr. addressed the crowd in Spanglish.  He spoke about the Citgo oil agreement between the Bronx and Venezuela that happened in 2005. He remembred when President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela first came to the South Bronx and wanted to better the community.

Venezuelen Flags

Laquan and Jerimiah

At the Concert, we were given Venezuelen flags. The kids looked at me very seriously and asked: What about the American Flag?