Mondomusica New York will not only be an extraordinary trade fair, but most of all an important tool to spread the values related to the centuries-old tradition of violin-making, man work, excellence, and music. In order to make the youngest approaching this positive and fascinating world, and to help developing the violin programs in schools, Mondomusica New York will donate 70 violins to the worthy children of New York City’s schools.
Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School has a long history of educating children in East Harlem. It first opened in 1949 and today the school serves Pre-K3 through eighth grade students from the neighborhood as well as students whose parents work in the area. It provides group violin lessons to students who wish to pursue violin beyond the fifth grade, as well as performance opportunities alongside professional musicians, and educational outings to concerts and events.
The donation ceremony to Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School will take place at St. Patrick Cathedral on March 14th at 4:00 pm, and it will be followed by the concert of the children and an organ performance by the Italian musician Emilio Brambilla.
Opus118 Harlem School of Music was founded in 1991 by Roberta Guaspari, and her passionate struggle to keep music instruction alive in Harlem's public schools has inspired two films: Small Wonders, a 1996 documentary produced by Susan Kaplan and directed by Allan Miller, and Miramax 1999 feature film, Music of the Heart, starring Meryl Streep.
The donation ceremony to Opus118 – Harlem School of Music will take place at the Altman Building on March 17th at 2:30 pm and it will be followed by the concert of the children.