San Isidro de El General
|San Isidro de El General|
Central Church of San Isidro de El General
|Province||San José Province|
|Canton||Pérez Zeledón Canton|
|• Total||197 km2 (76 sq mi)|
|Elevation||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central Standard Time)|
San Isidro de El General (Spanish pronunciation: [san iˈsiðɾo ðe el xeneˈɾal]) is the first district of the canton of Pérez Zeledón, in the southern part of the province of San José in Costa Rica, as well as the name of said district's main city.
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The city hosts a public school of symphony[clarification needed] named: Escuela de Música Sinfónica de Pérez Zeledón,[dead link] which has received national recognition. This institution is sponsored by the National University of Costa Rica through its Brunca region campus. The National University developed the idea in 1992 and by holding several fundraisers were able to establish the school; which was inaugurated in 1994 with forty students and five teachers.
At present, the school is located in a wooden building borrowed from the municipal government. With 12 teachers and 22 teaching assistants, the public school of symphony serves a population of 180 students from ages 5 to 24. Music professionals graduated from this school have become music teachers in the region. Consequently, this project and music itself has helped improve the quality of life of young people.
The city also harbors a cultural complex which serves various purposes for a number of activities such as music concerts and theatrical plays.
Adjacent to the cultural complex building is the city's public library, which serves as the headquarters of an organization which groups the region's writers. The library is also home to two municipal art schools.