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MYCincinnati, a free classical music program modeled on El Sistema, visits Cleveland to give a joint concert with El Sistema@Rainey!

MYCincinnati is  a new youth development program that uses classical music to change the lives of children living in Price Hill, a Cincinnati neighborhood that faces many economic and social challenges. Students in the program  spend two hours a day, five days a week learning violin, viola or cello and playing in an orchestra. The program is free, and based around the idea that personal transformation can be achieved by striving towards musical excellence, and learning how to work together in an orchestra - a group that is by nature extremely interdependent.

On May 31, the MYCincinnati Orchestra, comprised of 19 kids ages 7 to 13, as well as their teachers and parents, will hit the road. We’ll be going to Cleveland, to give a joint concert with a similar program (26 children immersed in the study of classical, orchestral music for 10 hours a week) called El Sistema@Rainey.


MYCincinnati and El Sistema@Rainey are  part of a growing network of more than fifty program in the U.S. that are built around the ideals and practices of the Venezuelan music education miracle known as El Sistema. Founded 35 years ago, El Sistema is a world-renowned, free, youth development program that uses music as a vehicle for social change. Since 1975, almost 2 million children have been part of the program, with over 300,000 students currently participating. From the earliest stages of a child’s musical development, El Sistema emphasizes ensemble playing, group learning and peer teaching, while keeping the fun of musical learning and music making ever-present.

For both MYCincinnati and El Sistema@Rainey, this performance that will grandly close their inaugural year. It will also mark the first ever Ohio Seminario. In Venezuela, a “seminario” is the joining of various local or regional musical forces for an intensive workshop culminating in a performance. The goals: to work hard, make music, make friends and have FUN!

Why we need money: gas and food! Please help us make this exciting experience possible for our students! If we raise extra money, we will also be able to bring MYCincinnati t-shirts as gifts for the students in Cleveland.

More info:

http://www.pricehillwill.org/MYCincinnati

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    Added to our mailing list to receive the MYCincinnati newsletter and thanked personally by name on the MYCincinnati Facebook page.

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    A one-of-a-kind MYCincinnati sticker with our hand-drawn logo! Plus the previous reward.

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    Access to our exclusive MYCincinnati members blog, which will include the latest updates, never-before-seen rehearsal and concert footage, interviews, and Eddy's thoughtful and insightful ramblings. Plus the previous rewards.

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    A MYCincinnati t-shirt with our hand-drawn logo! Plus the previous rewards.

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    Conduct the MYCincinnati Orchestra during one of their rehearsals, which we will videotape and make available to you. Plus the previous rewards.

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    Have dinner with Laura Jekel and Eddy Kwon, (within 100 miles of Cincinnati) and learn about their vision for the future of MYCincinnati. Out-of-towners have the option of having a "Skype dinner" with Laura and Eddy, and will receive a framed, signed photograph of the MYCincinnati Orchestra. Plus the previous rewards.

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    A tour of Price Hill - with an expert tour guide - tailored to your personal interests (history, art, churches...), followed by dinner with Laura and Eddy at Price Hill Chili - a Cincinnati landmark. You will also receive all the previous rewards from $100 and down. Out-of-towners will receive a hand-written and illustrated thank you card from MYCincinnati students. Plus previous rewards, including the Skype dinner.

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    Laura and Eddy will perform a concert of classical chamber works at your house, for you and your guests (within 100 miles of Cincinnati)! Plus the previous rewards. Out-of towners will receive a DVD of complied concert and rehearsal footage from MYCincinnati's inaugural year, including footage from the trip to Cleveland. Plus previous rewards.

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