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June 3, 2011
Classical Music Across Cultures – CMAC Project
Peeler Open School Annual Playathon
GREENSBORO, NC – Friday, June 3rd at 1:00pm, Marta Richardson will bring all of her violin students at Peeler Open Elementary School together for their annual Playathon. The group of 120 students will perform together to celebrate a year of hard work. This year’s event is even more exciting because the students will bring their own small donations to help raise money for Classical Music Across Cultures – The CMAC Project! More information about the CMAC Project may be found on their website CMACProject.org or on their facebook page.
The goal of the CMAC Project is to bring the Sphinx Organization’s chamber Orchestra, Virtuosi, to Greensboro this fall. The Detroit based Sphinx Organization is a non-profit group that works to advance diversity in classical music. Their orchestra, Virtuosi, is comprised of only Black and Latino string players. The Sphinx Virtuosi Tour 2011, their 4th annual tour, is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Target. Sphinx’s founder, Aaron Dwrokin, was recently nominated by President Obama to serve on the National Council of the Arts.
My students are 75% non-white. Every time I show them videos of Sphinx, I can see something resonating inside of them. This project is going to be life changing.
Violin Teacher & CMAC Project Visionary
Sphinx has been nationally recognized by Fox News, Good Morning America, the Today Show, People Magazine, Newsweek and many more. The children in Peeler’s violin program are very excited about Sphinx coming to Greensboro this fall, and expressed a desire to help with fund raising. Marta felt it was very important for the students to feel a sense of ownership with the endeavor. “My students are 75% non-white. Every time I show them videos of Sphinx, I can see something resonating inside of them. This project is going to be life changing.”
About Classical Music Across Cultures
The Classical Music Across Cultures project consists of a two-day residency reaching 11 public schools, a university-level masterclass, a free Saturday morning workshop for string students kindergarten through high school, and an affordable evening concert at Aycock Auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). This project will help build classical music audiences, bring together diverse people groups and cultures, influence children’s futures and much more.
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