Diego Carneiro, Brazilian Cellist and Conductor is promoting this unique concert, providing music which evokes emotions and asks for humanitarian support. This is the Second Concert with the theme “Music as a Refuge”, in order to help immigrants and diminish xenophobia. Carneiro is working together with United Nations, ACNUR, OIM, Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, and other international organizations. The concert will be made with the Youth Orchestra of Ecuador, created by Carneiro. The Orchestra represents integration of young musicians of several nationalities, promotes the Culture of Peace and receives immigrants, specially from Venezuela. The concert “Music as a Refuge” will take place on the Bridge of Rumichaca, at 15h00, the 15th of December.
The most important aim is to support musicians who leave the “Sistema de Orquestas”, a wonderful music educational program, created by Maestro José Antonio Abreu. The musicians are coming to the Orchestra, most of them read some newspapers which announced “Carneiro, the Brazilian Dudamel”, and then they came to Diego Carneiro to find a way to continue with music, also asking for help to get scholarships and other needs. He can help them through the support of journalists and their valuable articles.
While preparing for this concert, during the month of November, we are working on a campaign in order to support the immigrants who give their lives to cross the frontier. We are asking for donations of food, clothes (coats, blankets and raincoats), transportations, we use our voice to support them and at the same time, the Orchestra needs support.
Venezuelan musicians who are in the Orchestra or have the desire to get in have passed through many hazards, sold their instruments when they got out from Venezuela, began to work in other cities, in the streets, selling chocolates or washing cars. They desire to go back to music and work again as musicians. We are collecting donations to support them to have instruments again, and that will help them to live from music, as it used to be. We call this campaign “Instruments for survival”.
Also, the Orchestra needs financial funds, teachers, musician volunteers, musical instruments (strings), or sponsors to support more young musicians with maintenance grants and/or scholarships.
“This trip I have made frequently, has been really grievous in this last occasion. I experimented a moment of worries and pain in the boarder of Equator-Colombia. As Orchestra Conductor and Cellist (as a musician), one of my purposes is to unite countries and cultures in the world through music, to bring people hope, to integrate and to inspire. When I crossed this border saw hard scenes that should not happen: mothers putting their children over their bags to rest, trying to calm their cries in the middle of the cruel cold. Men and women, children and elder people wandering, out of their beloved Venezuela, trying to get a home and a decent life. I have spoken with Venezuelans who work in stores (in the boarder line) and they told me that their compatriots are dying of cold. They need coats and blankets and this Concert is a way, an action to aware the consciousness to all of us”, Diego Carneiro. Diego Carneiro founded in London the NGO Amazonart and, in South America, the Youth Orchestra of Ecuador, a project that supports young talented musicians with disadvantaged backgrounds, and recently has received a Recognition from the United Nations of Geneva, among other important organisations. We invite you to share this human and inspirational story!