El Sistema program's 'passionate and big-hearted' founder dies

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The El Sistema youth orchestra program is mourning the loss of its founder, Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu. Abreu started the program as a way to save Venezuelan children from crime and poverty, inspiring similar projects around the world, including several in New Brunswick. Ken MacLeod, CEO of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, said he met Abreu - a man of great vision and with a big heart.

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