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Young Musicians to Perform at BioPark Zoo on Mother’s Day

The New Mexico Philharmonic will bring to the Mother’s Day Concert at the BioPark Zoo on Sunday, May 12th a program of crowd favorites to honor all mothers, with a special appearance by some kids whose own mothers will be extra proud on their special day. The opening of the 2 p.m. concert will feature approximately 40 elementary school children from Dolores Gonzales Elementary in the Barelas neighborhood, who have been part of a program originally developed in Venezuela entitled El Sistema. The students will sing and play the violin and recorder. The New Mexico Philharmonic adopted many of the elements of El Sistema, most notably a focus on community building and youth development, and named their local program Young Musician Initiative (YMI). This is the first program of its kind in New Mexico, and the hope is that new funding will allow an expansion into other local schools and surrounding communities. The community-building project is a part of the New Mexico Philharmonic’s education initiative, “No Child Left Without Music,” which encompasses students from kindergarten through high school.

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May 12, 2013