The world’s biggest orchestra – level 3
More than 12,000 musicians in Venezuela’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras, known as ’El Sistema’, performed Tchaikovsky’s ’Slavonic March’.
They performed for about ten minutes in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest orchestra performance. The music piece was a tone poem by Tchaikovsky in 1876 to celebrate Russia’s help in the Serbo-Turkish War.
Thousands of musicians came together on November 13, with performers ranging in age from 12 to 77. They gathered at the Venezuelan Military Academy in Caracas for the one-hour concert, conducted by Andres Abreu, the 34-year-old nephew of acclaimed Venezuelan Jose Antonio Abreu.
More than 250 supervisors observed the performance. The Guinness World Records will determine within ten days whether the musicians set the record.
Difficult words: tone poem (a piece of orchestral music, typically in one movement), conduct (to direct the performance of an orchestra), acclaimed (publicly praised and admired).
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