La Paz Philharmonic

This is our Holiday Story. It is the very inspiring story of an orchestra inspired by HELLO STAGE, created by Bolivian flutist Israel Torrez and his friends.

In Summer 2014 Bettina went to Jasmine Choi's Flute Masterclass in Bregenz to speak to her students from around the world about their career. Little did she know that she know what would lie ahead!

The young musicians asked her about how to get concerts and how to find a manager. Bettina told them that they need to take their careers in their own hands starting by playing small concerts in their respective communities and taking it step by step. One of the students, Israel Torrez, was very silent and just focused on his practicing. A few days later Bettina got an e-mail from Israel saying that he was not able to sleep for three days always thinking about what she said. His decision was simple – he decided to start a philharmonic orchestra in his home town La Paz in Bolivia - a dream was born.

He did not have any money and he did not have any conducting experience, Israel was driven by sheer motivation, passion and a strong vision - a few weeks ago the La Paz Philharmonic Orchestra played its first concert, a dream dreamt by Israel and his friends had come true.

We are humbled by such passion - this story has truly touched the HELLO STAGE team and we hope that it is also able to bring a smile to your face too. For the holidays, in the true festive spirit of giving to those less fortunate, we would like to reach out to whole community to support the La Paz Philharmonic - donate what you can. They need everything – scores, strings, instruments, money…Perhaps you are in the area and can play a concert with them or give a masterclass. Every little helps!

We will be helping them to get a crowd funding campaign together. Get in touch with Israel or with the HELLO STAGE team if you would like to support this amazing initiative - together with all of you we can really make this work!

Author: Nina HELLO STAGE
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