El Sistema: Building and Connecting Communities through Music

PROJECT MUSIC presents collaboration with King Low Heywood Thomas
7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29 2016
“El Sistema: Building and Connecting Communities through Music” 
PROJECT MUSIC will participate in “El Sistema: Building and Connecting Communities through Music,” a special concert and discussion featuring students from the El Sistema inspired programs of the Baltimore Symphony OrchKids and Bravo Waterbury! at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at King Low Heywood Thomas in Stamford, CT. In addition to performances from these programs, there will be a presentation with Dan Trahey, Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids Program, Calida Jones, Program Director of Bravo Waterbury, and Marcos Rangal, conductor at the NEOJIBA Youth Orchestras in Salvador, Brazil. The speakers will discuss the social benefits that the study of music in the El Sistema model has brought to their respective communities. It will also include a viewing of video material from the visiting programs, followed by a question and answer session with the panel members.
Event Details:
* Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 7 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center of King Low Heywood Thomas, 1450 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT.
* Admission is free and open to the public. No advance registration necessary.
* Short performance by students from PROJECT MUSIC, the Baltimore OrchKids, Bravo Waterbury! and King.
* Viewing of videos from the programs, followed by a question and answer session with our panel members.
This evening event is part of the second El Sistema Residency hosted by King, in which talented musicians from the Baltimore OrchKids and Bravo Waterbury! programs collaborate with King’s Middle School and Upper School students for a three-day intensive music workshop. The focus of the residency is to inspire a connection between communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds, by using the music ensemble as the vehicle with which to communicate with each other. King is happy this year to include students from Stamford’s own PROJECT MUSIC. In addition to spending all day at King in intensive rehearsals, all of the students and teachers from the Baltimore and Waterbury programs will also be working with all of the PROJECT MUSIC students at the Chester Addison Community Center from 4:30-6:30.
PROJECT MUSIC is an intensive after-school music education program for inner city students in Stamford, Connecticut. Inspired by the Venezuelan “music education miracle”, El-Sistema, PROJECT MUSIC is intended not only to provide musical instruments and training, but also to address some of the extensive social challenges affecting Stamford’s youth, using music to cultivate fundamental life skills such as self-expression, cooperative learning, discipline, leadership and creativity, all directly linked to improved social and academic outcomes.
Guest Speakers’ Bios:
Marcos Rangal:
Marcos currently works as coordinator and conductor of the Orchestral Practice Center of Trancoso in Porto Seguro, Bahia, in a partnership between NEOJIBA and the Trancoso Institute. He has worked as a conductor of the Orchestra Mariuccia Iacovino and assistant conductor of the Municipal Orchestra of Campos, Rio de Janeiro, both part of Orquestrando a Vida, the first “nucleo” of El Sistema in Brazil. Originally a student of Orquestrando A Vida when it first began in 1999, Marcos studied horn for several years before expanding his studies to piano, viola and percussion. As part of the Orquestrando a Vida program, Marcos has performed and conducted in concerts in several countries such as Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela, Portugal and the United States. In 2006 and 2007 he attended courses in Caracas, Venezuela, through the National Network of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela (FESNOJIV), where he studied with maestro Angelino Monroy.
Dan Trahey:
Dan Trahey is a musician, educator, and innovator. He was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “OrchKids,” where he currently serves as Artistic Director. Dan also founded the El Sistema inspired program “Tuned In” at the Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches creative composition and community engagement. As a tuba player with the Archipelago Project he travels the world promoting cross genre performances and has performed for hundreds of thousands of children, specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. He has held orchestral positions in Mexico and the United States. Trahey is part of the composition troupe Creative Connections that works to bring communities together through collective and creative composition. Dan has been featured in countless publications including 60 Minutes, PBS, NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He recently gave a TED talk at TEDX Baltimore, and was named the “Most Valuable Player in the Arts” by Baltimore Magazine.
Calida Jones:
Calida Nicole Jones is an accomplished musician and educator who is passionate about using music to change the trajectory of children’s lives. Calida co-founded Bravo Waterbury! in Waterbury, Connecticut, along with the Waterbury Symphony’s Music Director and Executive Director in 2012. Calida’s work in the El Sistema movement has taken her all over the world including Caracas, Acarigua, Barquisimeto, and Los Caracas, all in Venezuela. Calida also traveled to Campos dos Goytacazes in Brazil where she taught beginner orchestra, and violin methods classes. Calida maintains an active performing and lecture schedule. Calida has had the privilege of speaking multiple times at the prestigious Yale School of Music, The Hartt School of Music, and was a presenter for the Suzuki Association of the Americas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.