On Tuesday November 22nd, the UCMP hosted the Brazilian Youth Orchestra Mariuccia Iacovino at the Union City High School.
Eighty-eight young musicians from an underserved area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, delighted the audience with a wide range of music genres, including samba, capoeira and carnival marches. The musicians, who are between the ages of 11 to 18, were on their first U.S. tour to perform at Carnegie Hall and this was their only performance in NJ.
The level of musicianship from this youth orchestra was truly remarkable. They captivated the audience from beginning to end and they in turn gave them multiple standing ovations throughout their performance. The grand finale included a magical transformation into a carnival festivity with costumes and colorful paper confetti that had audience members on their feet, dancing samba together with the musicians.
Named after the legendary Brazilian violinist and teacher, Mariuccia Iacovino, this orchestra is part of “Orquestando A Vida,” a 30-year-old social program, also inspired by El Sistema, which provides social development through orchestral and choral practice to hundreds of children and youth in Campos dos Goytacazes, in Rio de Janeiro.
This event was made possible thanks to a unique collaboration between Azlo Music Productions, the Union City Music Project, Mayor Brian P. Stack’s office and the Board of Education. A very special thanks to Principal John Benetti and Mrs. Mirtha Serret, District’s Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor for all their support and hard work coordinating this event.