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Venezuelan Orchestras Help At-Risk Children

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Venezuelan Orchestras Help At-Risk Children

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Venezuelan Orchestras Help At-Risk Children

Venezuelan Orchestras Help At-Risk Children

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For more than 30 years, a man known to Venezuelans as Maestro Abreu has run a system of orchestras that teach classical music to thousands of Venezuelan children.

Many of the young pupils are poor and from violent barrios. Some have gone on to become well-known conductors and musicians in Europe.

While most of them don't become musicians, the program teaches discipline and teamwork — and it keeps the children off the street.