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October 2011

Poor Region Rich in Musical Talent of Youth

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There’s a small treasure in Brazil’s state of Rio Grande do Norte.  It’s “The Sao Tome Philharmonic”- an orchestra rich in youthful talent located in the country’s impoverished North East.

The orchestra operates out of a small cultural center in Sao Tome, where it offers free music classes and instruments to the many low-income youth in the city and surrounding areas.  Many of the newly- trained musicians are young women.