• Monday, May 9, 2011

    Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute & U.S. Department or State Connect Students in New York City and Mexico City with Cultural Exchange Concert on Friday, May 20


    Simultaneous, Linked Concert Connecting Mexico City and New York City Features
    Latin Group Celso Duarte Sextet and Jazz Ensemble Maurice Brown Effect

    NEW YORK, NY, May 9, 2011—Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs present the final international Cultural Exchange concert of this season on Friday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. EST in New York City and Mexico City. During this engaging, interactive simulcast, students from six Mexico City schools and seven New York City schools will come together virtually for performances by the Celso Duarte Sextet at New York’s Zankel Hall and the Maurice Brown Effect at Mexico City’s Teatro Julio Castillo. In addition, student musicians will perform in both venues, with the Scarsdale High School string quartet joining the Celso Duarte Ensemble in New York City, and CEDART—the Diego Rivera school’s ensemble—performing with the Maurice Brown Effect in Mexico City. A video showcasing the different dances of New York City which was produced by students at the Queens Collegiate High School will also be shown at the concert.

    Fusing technology and music, this program gives students the opportunity to explore music from other cultures through lessons and resources that are incorporated into participating school’s classroom curriculum. The program’s focus this season is the music of Mexico. As part of the program, the students in both New York City and Mexico City attend two interactive video conferenced concerts featuring renowned jazz and Latin music artists.

    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
    • Preparatoria Cuajimalpa - Instituto de Educación Media Superior del Gobierno del Distrito Federal – Mexico City, Mexico
    • Preparatoria Iztapalapa – Instituto de Educación Superior del Gobierno del Distrito Federal – Mexico City, Mexico
    • Centro de Educación Artística Diego Rivera (CEDART) – Diego Rivera – Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes - Mexico City, Mexico
    • Escuela Nacional de Danza Clásica y Contemporánea – Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes - 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 their debut album From South to South. . Duarte has performed alongside notable artists such 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 whointerpret songs from the Jaranero movement, South American folk music, and fuse them together within the jazz and world music traditions.

    Innovation is the key to jazz trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s soulful melodies, which can be heard on recording by both R&B legend Aretha Franklin and hip-hop star Talib Kweli. Brown’s 2004 debut album, Hip to Bop, made top ten charts across the U.S. Raised in south Chicago, Brown was awarded a full music scholarship to Northern Illinois University upon graduating from high school. After winning first place in the National Miles Davis Trumpet Competition, he 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 Brown 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 U.S., with more than an additional 100,000 people taking advantage of WMI’s online music education resources.

    The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
    The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs leads the United States’ international efforts to foster greater understanding across the globe through a wide-range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. The Bureau’s international 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 these exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 320 current or former heads of state and government.

    Program Information:
    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, Saxophone, 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.

    The Cultural Exchange is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange is sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

    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.

    # # #