Venezuelan musicians aim for biggest orchestra | News | DW
Some 12,000 musicians are looking for a place in the record books after playing in what is believed to be the largest orchestra ever assembled to play a piece.
Guinness World Records judges will announce within the next 10 days whether Venezuelan musicians have snatched the record from a 2019 Russian orchestra of 8,097 artists.
The 12-minute performance of Tchaikovsky’s Slavic March took place in the courtyard of the Venezuelan Military Academy at sunset on Saturday.
The performers, aged 12 to 77, wore mandatory black pants, white shirts and masks.
Some 250 observers from the Venezuelan branch of accounting firm KPMG were on hand to audit the effort. Each performer was required to play an instrument for at least five minutes of the piece.
The orchestral symphonic poem, published in 1876, was written to celebrate Russia’s intervention in the Serbo-Turkish war.
The performance was part of an hour-long concert that also included the Venezuelan national anthem and a version of the popular song Alma Llanera, considered by many Venezuelans to be the unofficial anthem.
At the end of the piece, the musicians burst into joy and raised their instruments high, some waving Venezuelan flags.
The orchestra members raised their instruments high at the end of the piece
The musicians were brought together by the music program “El Sistema” financed by public funds from Venezuela. Founded in 1975, the program has provided classical music training to thousands of working-class children.
One of the program’s most famous alumni is Gustavo Dudamel, musical director of the Paris Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
rc / fb (EFE, AFP, AP)