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La Plaza
Orchestra of Dreams
Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

In Venezuela, the National Children's Orchestra is using music to transform children labeled "hopeless" into niƱos completos -- children with dreams and the skills to realize them. La Plaza takes us into the homes and practice rooms of these children to follow their transformation...and bring this inspiring, "can-do" approach to musical education back to Boston.

La Plaza takes a look at The Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Program which enjoys unparalleled worldwide success and recognition. The program ws founded in Venezuela over 25 years ago wiht a simple goal: to make classical music available to underprivileged Venezuelan children who would have otherwise been overlooked and forgotten. The objective has been to offer music as a tool to help resuce children from a life of hopelessness and violence.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Orchestra of Dreams,” 05/22/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_102F0ABA0B104DB18380CA5FA4B990D4.
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