In memoriam: Maestro José Antonio Abreu
OrKidstra is incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of José Antonio Abreu, the award-winning founder of El Sistema, the social development through music program that has transformed the lives of countless children around the world including in Ottawa. Maestro Abreu was 78.
Executive & Artistic Director of OrKidstra Tina Fedeski, M.S.M. says, “This extraordinary man is leaving a legacy that has, is and will continue to change millions of lives through music. And it isn’t just the children’s lives he is changing, but the families, teachers, volunteers, leaders and entire communities throughout the world. I can say that his actions and example have transformed my entire life, for which I am profoundly grateful. I see every day in front of my eyes how the powerful ripple effect of this remarkable man transforms lives. Maestro Abreu’s El Sistema is the direct inspiration for OrKidstra and his spirit will remain part of our essence forever. Our entire OrKidstra family send our love to Dr. Abreu’s entire family throughout the world. Thank you, Maestro, for all you have done, you have changed the world.”
Photo (from L to R): Maestro José Antonio Abreu with OrKidstra student Peter, OrKidstra Mentor Pegless and OrKidstra student (now graduate) Daniela in Toronto in 2009 after Maestro Abreu received the prestigious Glenn Gould Prize.