The Union City Music Project was featured in the Hudson Reporter on December 9th. Below is an excerpt of the article:
Thirty-five students from the Union City Music Project, a non-profit afterschool program that employs Venezuela’s famous “El Sistema” musical education philosophy, will perform at the Dimenna Center in New York City this Wednesday as part of Carnegie Hall’s seasonal program, Voices from Latin America. Additionally, the children were treated to a concert at Carnegie Hall this weekend by the world-famous Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.
The children, which range in age from 4 to 7, will be singing and playing xylophones alongside students from four other “El Sistema”- based programs, all of which are located in New York.
“It’s a great honor, I think, to be representing New Jersey at this concert,” said the project’s founder and director, Melina Garcia. “We were excited to be invited. Hopefully it will shed some light on what we’re trying to accomplish here.”
Members of the Orchestra, which is based in Venezuela and has its roots in the “El Sistema” tradition, will visit the program this Tuesday, Dec. 11, to help the students prepare for Wednesday’s concert. In addition, Gustavo Dudamel, a world-famous conductor and student of “El Sistema,” will be on hand Wednesday to watch the children perform.