Wilfrido Galarraga, 21, played trumpet on the roof of his home in La Vega, a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, as his nephew Onil Galarraga, 8, joined in on French horn.

For Venezuela's poor, music opens doors

Classical program transforms lives

By Indira A. R. Lakshmanan
Globe Staff / June 22, 2005

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CARACAS -- By the time Lennar Acosta was introduced to classical music at age 15, he had been arrested nine times for armed robbery and drug offenses. A year into the youth's sentence at a state home, a music teacher came to offer the delinquent, abused, and abandoned children there free instruments, instruction, and an opening to a new life. (Full article: 1426 words)

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