Thousands of musicians gathered in Caracas for the record for the largest orchestra

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(AFP) – The sunset in Caracas was accompanied by the sound of a giant orchestra on Saturday evening, when thousands of Venezuelan musicians performed the “March Slavic “by Tchaikovsky to set the record for” the largest orchestra in the world. “

Flanked by mountains, the courtyard of the Venezuelan Military Academy hosted approximately 12. 00 0 musicians who sought to enter the Guinness Book of Records.

“If you break a string, don’t stop. If you lose the score, keep going from memory, but don’t stop,” recommended the conductor Andres David Ascanio, 34 years, before raising his baton.

The piece of 12 minutes was interpreted under the watchful eye of some 260 cabinet employees KPMG audit, responsible for ensuring that the musicians respected the rules to establish the new record, namely in particular do not share instruments and play at least five minutes for each musician.

Guinness must announce within the next ten days if Venezuela has dethroned a Russian orchestra of 8. 097 musicians united in 2019 to become the largest orchestra in the world.

The performers were brought together by the Venezuelan public program “El Sistema” founded in 1975 which offered classical music training to thousands of children in the class worker.

Gustavo Dudamel, musical director of the Paris Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is one of his most famous alumni.

On Saturday, a flight of macaws accompanied the young musicians in white t-shirts as they followed Ascanio’s instructions displayed on a large screen.

“This is the first time in my life that I see the conductor on a screen, but we have adapted well”, told AFP e violinist Ernesto Laguna, 14 years, who traveled to come and play almost 450 kilometers from the town of Coro (West).

Once the piece was finished, many musicians released their emotion by raising their instrument to the sky.

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