October 30, 2009


OAS Press release

Children and youth from underprivileged neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will perform in a concert of Classical music and Haitian folk arrangements alongside professional musicians this Sunday, November 1st, in the third and final concert of a new regional initiative led by the Organization of American States (OAS) and Haiti to prevent youth violence and reduce school drop out rates in the Caribbean.

Various members of the Haitian government have been invited to attend the concert, among them Mr. Patrick Delatour, Minister of Tourism; Ms. Gabrielle P. Beaudin, Minister of Social Affairs; Mr. Evans Lescouflair, Minister of Youth and Sports; and Mr. Olsen Jean Julien, Minister of Culture and Communication.

The concert in Haiti marks the launching of the Program for Youth at Risk led by the OAS and the Special Multicultural Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI). Haitian musicians will be accompanied by members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Haiti, the Petits Chanteurs of St. Trinité and a multinational group of guest musicians from Argentina, Colombia and Brazil.

This is the third and last concert in a series of concerts that began on October 11 in Castries, Saint Lucia, and continued on October 23 in Kingston, Jamaica.

WHAT: Orchestra Program for Youth at Risk Concert

WHEN: 12 p.m. (17:00 GMT) this Sunday, November 1st

WHERE: Hall St. Cecile of the School of Music Sainte Trinité


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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