• Monday, Jan 31, 2011

    Carnegie Hall & U.S. Department of State Unite Students Globally Through Cultural Exchange Concerts




    Simultaneous, Linked Concerts Connecting Mexico City
    and New York City Feature Latin Group Celso Duarte Sextet
    and Jazz Ensemble Maurice Brown Effect;
    February 2 Concerts Held at Teatro Julio Castillo and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall


    (January 31, 2011, NEW YORK, NY) Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that they will virtually bring students from six Mexico City schools and seven New York City schools together on Wednesday morning, February 2 through an interactive concert in New York’s Zankel Hall, kicking off this season’s Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange program for high school students.

    Fusing technology and music, this program gives students the unique opportunity to explore music from other cultures through educational programs that are incorporated into each participating school’s classroom curriculum. Cultural Exchange’s focus this season is on the music of Mexico. As part of the year-long program, WMI offers students in both New York City and Mexico City the chance to attend two interactive, video conferenced concerts featuring renowned jazz and Latin music artists.


    This year’s Cultural Exchange concerts contrast the diverse forms of music in Mexico with American jazz. The first Cultural Exchange concert will be held on Wednesday, February 2 at 11:00 a.m. ET, featuring celebrated Latin act Celso Duarte Sextet performing at the Teatro Julio Castillo in Mexico City for five different schools while the Maurice Brown Effect—a NYC based jazz and R&B band—performs for seven New York City schools at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. In the second concert on Friday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. ET, these ensembles will travel to each other’s countries with the Celso Duarte Ensemble performing for the New York City audience and the Maurice Brown Effect performing for the Mexico City audience. During each of these concerts students will study the relationship between freedom and structure in traditional Mexican Son Jarocho music and American jazz. Through a video conference link, students in New York and Mexico will be able to hear the music performed in both locations and ask each other questions.

    Participating New York and International Schools for Cultural Exchange: Music of Mexico:

    In New York:
    Baccalaureate School for Global Education – Astoria, NY
    City College Academy of the Arts – New York, NY
    Frank Sinatra School of the Arts – Astoria, NY
    Martin Van Buren High School – Queens Village, NY
    Millennium High School – New York, NY
    Queens Collegiate High School – Jamaica, NY
    Scarsdale High School – Scarsdale, NY

    In Mexico City:
    Centro Universitario México – Mexico City, Mexico
    Instituto de Educación Media Superior del Gobierno del Distrito Federal: Preparatorias Cuajimalpa y Iztapalapa – Mexico City, Mexico
    Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes – Mexico City, Mexico
    Centro de Educación Artística Diego Rivera (CEDART) – Diego Rivera – Mexico City Mexico
    Escuela Nacional de Danza Clásica y Contemporánea – Mexico City, Mexico

    Artist Information for Cultural Exchange: Music of Mexico
    Mexico City-based harpist Celso Duarte performs on Paraguayan harp, Celtic harp, and Mexican Jarocho harp. In 2007, Mr. Duarte and his ensemble released the album From South to South, marking the debut album of his ensemble. Duarte has performed alongside such artists as Lila Downs, Wynton Marsalis, and Mercedes Sosa. His music embraces the vibrant musical landscapes of Mexico and South America and contributes to that region’s continuing musical evolution. His ensemble is made up of classically trained musicians, and they interpret songs from the Jaranero movement, South American folk music, and fuse these songs together with traditions of jazz and world music.

    Innovation is the key to jazz trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s soulful melodies, which can be heard on both R&B legend Aretha Franklin’s and hip-hop star Talib Kweli’s recordings. Maurice’s 2004 debut album, Hip to Bop, made top ten charts across the U.S. Raised in south Chicago, Maurice was awarded a full music scholarship to Northern Illinois University upon graduating from high school. After winning first place in the esteemed National Miles Davis Trumpet Competition, Maurice found new flavor in the heart of Louisiana, where he continued his studies at Southern University—and captivated audiences weekly, headlining at New Orleans’ premiere jazz club, Snug Harbor. Maurice currently resides in New York and has just released his sophomore album, Cycle of Love.

    The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
    The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve over 170,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, with more than an additional 100,000 people taking advantage of WMI’s online music education resources.

    The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
    The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. ECA exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government.

    Program Information:
    Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
    Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Celso Duarte, Harp, Jarana, and Vocals
    Violeta Ortega, Voice, Jarana, and Zapateado
    Alfredo Herrera "Godo", Voice, Jarana, and Guijada
    Juan José Duarte, Flute, Clarinet, Sax, and Jarana
    Luis Gómez, Percussion
    Rodrigo Duarte, Cello, Bongo, and Cajon

    Maurice Brown, Trumpet
    Derek Douget, Alto Saxophone
    Solomon Dorsey, Bass
    Chris Rob, Piano
    Joe Blaxx, Drums

    Sony Corporation is the proud lead sponsor of Carnegie Hall’s Online Exchange Communities.

    Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange is sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

    Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange is supported, in part, by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.

    The Weill Music Institute’s programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by the US Department of Education.

    The Weill Music Institute’s programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by the US Department of Education.

    The Cultural Exchange concert experiences are supported, in part, by The Tishman Fund for Education through Technology and by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
    No general admission tickets available. These events are for students enrolled in the Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange programs. Journalists interested in attending the performance may contact Samantha Nemeth at snemeth@carnegiehall.org or 212-903-9753.



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