Award-winning musical group Ensamble 7/4 will bring their unique blend of Venezuelan folk music, Latin American music, and jazz to Newport News on October 1 at the Soundscapes Gala. The Gala, which will be held at 6 p.m. at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, will raise funds to support the student musicians of Soundscapes. Leading up to the event, the group will spend a week-long residency at Soundscapes, working with the students and preparing to perform with them as part of their concert.
Ensamble 7/4 was born out of the friendship of seven young members of El Sistema,the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela, their native country. They have toured both in Venezuela and internationally in countries such as Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Their third album, “Welcome to America,” earned the group a silver medal for “best band” at the 2018 Global Music Awards.
Soundscapes programs are modeled after El Sistema’s focus on social change and serve youth from early elementary to early adulthood.
Also at the Gala, Soundscapes will honor co-founder Anne Henry at the event. Anne’s vision, dedication, courage and strength are the reason Soundscapes has impacted the lives of thousands of young people across the Peninsula since 2009.