The orchestra of vegetables

Santa Cruz Balanyá is a municipality of Chimaltenango of about 7 thousand inhabitants. It is a fertile land whose main activity is agriculture and, for the last 13 years, music. The Youth Orchestra of Santa Cruz Balanyá was born in July of 2004, and group's example soon has crossed borders.

Its founder is Edras Nehemías Patá Sirin, an enthusiastic teacher passionate about the music of  George Frideric Händel and who made a dream come true that seemed impossible. The Youth Orchestra of Santa Cruz Balanyá currently has 30 members from 7 to 22 years, together they have come a long way of learning, both artistic and emotional. The group of children is popularly known as "The Orchestra of Vegetables" because it has worked thanks to donations from farmers. The musicians from the USA and Germany also gave their support to this unusual orchestra.

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