NOVEMBEr 16, 2010

From the Barrio to the Concert Hall

OASIS Press release


On November 30th at 6pm, the Organization of American States will present From the Barrio to the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center. The concert is a joint international collaboration among the OAS’s OASIS Caribbean Program (Orchestras of the Americas for Social Inclusion), Hey, Mozart!™ , the DC Youth Orchestra, and music for social inclusion organizations from seven countries.

The concert at the Kennedy Center is the result of a year-long effort that began with a composition competition with children from orchestra programs for social inclusion in countries celebrating their independence bicentennials in 2010 (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico). Students from OAS youth orchestra programs in the Caribbean (Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia) also participated in the competition. The orchestrated versions of the thirteen winning melodies will be premiered at this concert.

The competition winners will be present at the concert to represent their country and to perform their melodies before each orchestra version is rendered. From the stage, the children will witness the premiere of the fully orchestrated version of their melody.

CD release:

The selected melodies were orchestrated by a team of arrangers coordinated by Hey, Mozart!™ and recorded at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on October 2010 by the Revelents Wind Quintet and the Gate City Camerata. The three Colombian melodies where recorded in Colombia by the Orchestra of Professors from the Batuta Foundation and were already premiered in Bogota. The CD is released on the OAS record label “Inter-American Music Editions.” Free copies will be available at the concert.

How Hey, Mozart!™ Works:

The Hey, Mozart!™ Child Composer Project invites children, up to age 12, to submit original melodies. The winning melodies are then orchestrated by a team of arrangers coordinated by Hey, Mozart™. A studio recording of those arrangements is made, performed live at a concert following the child's original version.

Hey, Mozart!™'s core assumption is that music created by children, as opposed to children's music composed by adults, will help foster greater interest and appreciation for music among young people. The project also establishes a bridge between child composers and adults – those professionals and students who contribute their skills to the project as arrangers, producers and performers. Hey, Mozart!™ is a registered brand and program of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Concert by the DC Youth Orchestra                                                          Millenium Concert Series                                                                                 DC Youth Orchestra/Mariano Vales, guest conductor                                      Tuesday, November 30 at 6 pm                                                                      Kennedy Center Terrace Theater;                                                                        2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 

Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis (standard parking rates apply)

A CD with the orchestrated winning melodies will be available for free. A donation of $10 for the Program in the Caribbean is strongly encouraged.

Organized by the OAS Orchestras of the Americas for Social Inclusion (OASIS) a program of the Art Museum of the Americas in partnership with: Hey, Mozart!™ , the DC Youth Orchestra, and music organizations with youth at risk in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico and Saint Lucia.

 From the Barrio to the Concert Hall


Haiti Relief Efforts:
Rebuilding Sainte Trinité

The Youth Orchestra Program in Haiti experienced a major setback when the Program’s host school, the Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinité, was destroyed during the 2010 earthquake. 

Since the OASIS program started, Sainte Trinité served as a venue for the disadvantaged youths of Bel-Air. If we put our efforts together we can bring back the program and help rebuild the school.

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