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Performance Details

Wednesday, August 7 | 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 9 | 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, August 10 | 7:30 p.m.


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Summer 2013 Concert Series
sponsored in part by:

La Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados (The Recycled Orchestra)

“The world sends us garbage. We send back music.”—Favio Chávez, La Orquesta Reciclada

Founded in 2008, La Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura (The Recycled Orchestra) is already inspiring people around the world with their life-changing story, astonishing musical instruments made from landfill trash, and heart-warming performances. Never before seen in the United States, this youth orchestra will make their US debut with two concerts at the MIM Music Theater as part of a weeklong artist residency at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Amid a massive landfill in Cateura, Paraguay, children find hope by making music on instruments built from recycled trash. In a shantytown where families survive by collecting and reselling garbage (and where a violin can cost more than a house), visionary music teacher Favio Chávez gathered a small team to plunder the landfill for usable materials and create an ensemble of “recycled” instruments. A cello can be made of oilcans, scraps of wood, an old spatula, and clunky pieces of a meat grinder. Violins are built from metal glue canisters and rusty forks, which hold the strings together. Water pipes, bottle caps, and buttons are materials for flutes and saxophones, while x-ray films serve as drumheads.

The Recycled Orchestra, the subject of the full-length documentary film Landfill Harmonic (scheduled for release in 2014), is an extraordinary example of a reality we can see around the world and throughout the galleries of MIM: material poverty need not be an obstacle to a life rich in music. The rare and passionate individuals behind this orchestra go further to show us how the earnest drive to preserve the important role of music in their lives can lead to remarkable innovations such as their instruments hewn from trash. In a concert without parallel, the phenomenal Recycled Orchestra will share their incredible stories, their passion, and their joyful music. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them and be part of their unfolding story!

CLICK HERE to learn about Family Day with the Recycled Orchestra on Saturday, August 10.

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