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Kenyan Students Perform with Grammy-Winning Conductor
Monday, 11 July 2011 20:07

Students from the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, had a chance to share the spotlight with acclaimed conductor Riccardo Muti in Nairobi on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The concert was part of an outreach of the Ravenna Festival called "The Roads of Friendship," which promotes ties with developing regions by raising funds and offering concerts abroad.


The 200-piece ensemble was made up of Muti and his Cherubini Youth Orchestra, joined by the Nairobi Youth Orchestra and other young Kenyan performers. These included a group of students from the Little Prince School, which was founded by AVSI in 1999 and currently serves more than 350 children of the Kibera slums.


The 69-year-old Muti, who took over as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra last year, was awarded two of the top prizes in the classical music category of this year's Grammy Awards. The maestro's recording of Verdi's Requiem, with the Chicago Symphony and choir, won the prizes for best classical album as well as best choral performance.