An Extraordinary Concert Event Will Merge Three Cultures Into One Musical Celebration!

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“Harmony without Borders” is September 19th in the Crest Theatre More than 60 young musicians from three countries will appear in one orchestral celebration, “Harmony without Borders” on Saturday September 19th. The concert, which will play the Crest Theatre, is presented by the Imagina Children’s Foundation in partnership with Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Delray Beach Center for the Arts / Crest Theatre is located at 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444. There are two opportunities to see this performance on Saturday, September 19th. (1) 2 p.m. rehearsal – Parents are encouraged to bring their children for a complimentary viewing of the concert. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Delray Center for the Arts is also reaching out to Delray Beach-based organizations serving youth, such as the Milagro Center and the Hispano Latino Cultural Alliance as well as the Delray Beach Teen Center and Pompey Park. (2) 7 p.m. performance – Tickets for reserved seating are $25, $48 and $65 (VIP) and are available at DelrayArts.org or by calling the Box Office at 561-243-7922, ext. 1. “Harmony without Borders” is a ground-breaking, five-day cultural program (September 16- 20) for young musicians, ages 8-18, from three countries who have been selected to represent their respective home orchestras. They will come together to perform as one orchestra, playing concerts in Miami and Delray Beach. The Delray Beach concert (running one hour and 15 minutes) will include classical symphonic music written by Mexican and internationally known composers. Through this program, the organizers want to offer an international cultural experience, build bridges through music – one note at a time, create opportunities for growth and development and merge three cultures into one musical celebration. The participants include 30 children with the Imagina Symphonic Orchestra (http:// imaginabiblioteca.org.mx), who will travel here from Leon, Mexico; 24 children from Miami-based Siman Orchestral Foundation (http://www.simanof.org), and 10 children with the Pequeñas Huellas cultural project (http://www.pequenashuellas.com), who will travel all the way from Torino Italy. Boca Raton-based Imagina Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization created in 2010 in response to the growth and increasing needs of the Imagina Children’s Library, founded in 1995 in Leon, México. Its mission is to increase literacy and appreciation for the arts. (www. imaginachildrenfoundation.org) Located in a poverty stricken area where families do not have access to educational resources, the Imagina Children’s Library has been such a success that it has evolved into a cultural center with its own children’s symphonic orchestra and choir. In just six years, the orchestra and the choir have grown to more than 220 students. They have performed more than 100 concerts. Foundation president, Lulis Camarena said, “The kids are incredible, gracious, hardworking, and talented. Imagina believes in the importance of empowering underprivileged children so they can achieve their true potential.” The Miami-based Siman Orchestral Foundation is a nonprofit that contributes to the orchestral training of children and youth, providing opportunities for professional and personal growth. The Foundation has developed projects in the U.S. and around the world. Pequeñas Huellas is an Italian-based project of cultural development created with the goal of uniting the children of the world to create a chain of solidarity with each other. The focus of the project is to organize courses and workshops for children and young musicians, stimulating interest in local music and its interpretation and resulting in a better understanding of cultural heritage. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, Delray Beach Center for the Arts offers “a total arts experience™” through events, theater, exhibits and learning opportunities. The historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Museum of Art (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Vintage Gymnasium (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The School of Creative Arts (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography and writing classes and workshops. The Center also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events. For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit DelrayArts.org. This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.