Spanish tenor Placido Domingo made his last appearance of the year at a charity concert in the Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco, performing before nearly 20,000 people.
Funds from Saturday night’s concert will go toward a youth orchestra program in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, helping hundreds of at-risk youths.
“One of the most beautiful moments was directing them and hearing them sing,” Domingo said in a post-concert press coference, referring to the 320 young people and children from the Orquesta Renacimiento who participated in the event.
The group was created on July 30 with children recruited from the poor Ciudad Renacimiento section of Acapulco, thanks to a program for training children from low-income households.
“I believe this is marvelous,” the Spanish singer, a strong supporter of using musical training to promote integration and prevent social exclusion, said.
Domingo, who was born in Madrid in 1941, said a “great friend,” maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, organized a similar program in Venezuela 35 years ago, allowing more than 350,000 youths to receive classroom training and get off the streets.