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José Abreu, founder of Venezuelan El Sistema youth orchestras, dies

Globally acclaimed project has saved thousands of Venezuelan children from crime and poverty

José Abreu, the award-winning founder of a project that saved thousands of Venezuelan children from crime and poverty through music, has died aged 78.

Abreu founded the globally acclaimed El Sistema, or The System, in 1975 in a garage with nine musicians. From that, the network expanded to 300 choirs and orchestras that received awards from the Royal Swedish Academy and Unesco.

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