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Bogotá will live today a historic, unique and unprecedented event: the largest concert in the world, in which 16,000 artists of all ages will join on the same stage, including musicians and choristers, who will perform six recognized works in unison to celebrate life and truth

The event is organized by the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra (OFB), with the support of the Mayor’s Office, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Mobility, the Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Sports, the District Institute of Recreation and Sports (IDRD ) and Transmilenio. This concert aims to break a record by bringing together these thousands of artists, including musicians and choristers of all ages, on a single stage.

It will take place today in the events square of the Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park at 11:00 a.m. and will be broadcast by Capital, public communication system and social networks.

In conversation with EL NUEVO SIGLO, David García, director of the OFB, pointed out that this majestic concert is done for the truth and for the truth, as well as to celebrate life, and represents the way the city celebrates the beginning of the “#BogotáPorlaVerdad” campaign, which will have the participation of the 18 groups of the entity, such as the Philharmonic, the Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra, youth and pre-youth groups, the Daughters and Sons of Peace Choir. Boys, girls, youth and adolescents who are part of the Musical Training Project «Vamos a la Filarmónica» will also participate in an agreement with the 38 official schools of the city and the Local Philharmonic Centers present in 19 locations in Bogotá.

“We have called it that, ‘The biggest concert in the world’ because it is the first time it has been done in history. Our program is made up of 30,000 people and, after a selection, 16,000 young people remained, who are the ones who participate”, said García, while mentioning that today the most important musical pilgrimage in Colombia will be lived in the park.

No more violence

According to García, the main reason for holding this meeting is that the final report of the Truth Commission was recently released and the idea is that all of Colombia, and even the entire world, know the truth, read the report and the testimonies . But beyond knowing the truth, it is asking that there be no more violence in the country: «We seek that there be no more violence and that is why we want to contribute with music so that as Colombians we look more closely at the Report, know the truth and demand that it not be repeated, celebrate life and respect each other”, highlighted the director of the Orchestra.

There is no doubt about the extraordinary intention of the concert organizers and that is why, starting at 5:00 in the morning today, these young people get ready and, with all their readiness, leave their homes to be transported on the 470 buses that will take them to Simón Bolivar. There, at 11:00 in the morning, they begin their repertoire and the melodies that surely speak for themselves to ask that there be no more violence in Colombia.

“This is an unprecedented concert in our country and in the world, which has been a reality thanks to the discipline, tenacity and work of our artists and teachers, but which would not have been possible without the support and collaboration of each one of the entities that will accompany us. The great philharmonic family that we are gathers at this concert, since not only are our almost 16,000 musicians and artists, but also the entire logistics, administrative, and production team, that is, our entire entity in full, offering a magnificent concert for the world,» Garcia said.

Iconic sounds

The talent of 13,226 students from 38 official District schools belonging to 19 towns in the city will be felt today, when they play their violas, cellos, double basses, bassoons, the organ, flutes, clarinets, trumpets and timpani in unison to interpret emblematic sounds. like Beethoven’s famous «Ode to Joy». Likewise, the repertoire will include a song composed by one of the Philharmonic teachers, called “Palomita de la paz”.

“In addition, we will have the participation of a rapper soloist, a music teacher in the district schools. It will be a 45-minute show, very special, very beautiful”, explained García.

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Under the baton of Maestro Rubián Zuluaga, the artists will perform a repertoire of six works, including: Fragment of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (1824) (“Hymn of Joy”), by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827); “Palomita de la paz”, music and lyrics by Jairo Andrés Sáchica Sáchica (b. 1982) and symphonic choral arrangement by Ibis Amador Martelo; “Canción con todos” (1969) by César Isella (1938-1921) and arrangement by Ibis Amador Martelo; “Latinoamérica” (2010) by Residente (Calle 13) (b. 1978) arranged by Juan Diego Valencia, commissioned by the Network of Music Schools of Medellín.

For her part, Catalina Valencia, Secretary of Culture, assured that «this marvelous concert is proof that Bogotá is the capital of culture and the arts, and that is why it is essential to have entities such as the Philharmonic Orchestra in the city, which works in artistic training processes to continue creating cultural citizens”.

This massive event has never been held before. Although it is not open to the public, it will be broadcast on television by Canal Capital and the networks of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra and allied entities.

Music process

Currently, these youngsters are part of this musical training process thanks to the alliance between the Ministry of Education and the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, which seeks to promote comprehensive quality training in a single day and a full day, as a strategy to guarantee more quality time at school.

Valencia emphasized that girls, boys, adolescents and young people from the processes carried out in musical initiation, choir, symphony orchestra, symphony band, among other areas of musical training, achieve the development of capacities, musical skills and competencies for life. It also seeks to generate ownership of families and the educational community, on the importance of promoting these experiences that contribute to a social transformation and to student life projects.

The more than 16,000 girls, boys and adolescents attending the concert will also set an example of sustainable mobility, given that the Ministry of Mobility and Transmilenio arranged some of the buses of the Integrated Public Transport System and guided routes by bike and on foot, for their displacement.

It is noteworthy that currently more than 7,500 students from 130 public schools in Bogotá, located in 15 towns and that make up the Philharmonic, mobilize daily in a sustainable manner thanks to the projects «To the School by Bike», «Ciepies» and «Bici Partners”, which offer safe guided routes every day, to and from educational institutions.