Winter 2011

Happy Holiday Season!


Happy Holiday Season!

The UCMP would like to wish you all the love and happiness this season can bring, and for it to follow you throughout the upcoming New Year. Thank you for your support!

UCMP First Benefit Event
Click to see the pictures of UCMP’s First Benefit Event

This has indeed been a very exciting year for the UCMP. It was only a short year ago that the idea of creating the UCMP came to life after watching this TED video. Since then, we have been working very hard to make this a long-lasting project that will benefit not just children and families but the entire Union City community.

The UCMP was incorporated in the beginning of October as a non-profit organization and two weeks later, after submitting an application, the UCMP was awarded a fiscal sponsorship by Artspire, a program from the New York Foundation for the Arts, one of the country’s most respected arts institutions. Thanks to this fiscal sponsorship, the UCMP can receive tax-deductible donations and apply for public and private grants. And this past November, the UCMP put together two very special events, which you can read about below.

We are truly looking forward to starting 2012 as we gear up to launching the first two sites at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Early Childhood Center and at Veterans Memorial School.  We are working out the details to begin the application process as soon as possible. The start date is solely dependent on funding, so we highly encourage you to continue supporting us by spreading the word or becoming involved. This is a community-based organization and we need all members of the community to be supportive in whatever way possible. If you would like to volunteer your time or if you have suggestions in terms of fundraising or contacts you would like to share, please get in touch with us and e-mail us at

Also, please remember to like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

UCMP videoUCMP’s Video 


This is a video we showed during the UCMP’s event. If you have not seen it, please do so here and share it with family and friends. Word of mouth is also a great way you can support us!

Watch the video now!



Thank you so much for your continued support and for believing in the power of music to change lives and transform our community!

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On the News!

The UCMP has been featured in the media through different news organizations. Please take a look and share the latest article written by Gennarose Pope from the Hudson Reporter. Click here.

UCMP Happenings!

UCMP hosts Brazilian Youth Orchestra at the Union City High School  

Brazilian Youth Orchestra Mariuccia Iacovino
Brazilian Youth Orchestra Mariuccia Iacovino performing at the Union City High School. Click to see al the pictures.

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 Superintendent Stanley Sanger, UCHS Principal John Benetti and Mrs. Mirtha Serret, District’s Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor for all their support and hard work coordinating this event.


See all the pictures here.


UCMP’s First Annual Benefit Event   

UCMP First Annual Benefit Event
UCMP First Annual Benefit Event. Click here for more pictures

On November 16th, the UCMP had its first annual benefit event and it was truly a night to remember.  Over 150 people were present at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, which was beautifully transformed into a music wonderland with decorations made by Sara Foldenawer of Setsbysara, one of New York’s most sought-after stage and prop design firms, and lighting and sound by Michael Nazario from Space Sound Studios.

Guests enjoyed various cocktails and appetizers from Las Palmas Restaurant and musical performances by the Latin Jazz Element, violist and UCMP Music Director Samuel Marchan, pianist and Abreu Fellow David Gracia, harpist Rolnand Perez, violinist and violist Peter Borten, mezzo-soprano Bernadette LaFond, pianist Marina Korsakova-Kreyn and a very special performance by the Gilmore Children Choir directed by Graciela Barreto and young violist Rebecca Marchan.  

The night also included beautiful works of art by visual artists Leandro Comrie who created a beautiful portrait of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, sculptures by Colombian visual artist Lina Puerta and paintings by Colombian painter Alexis Duque. 

We would like to thank Mayor Brain. P Stack, Commissioner Chris Irizarry and Superintendent Stanley Sanger for all their support for this event. And a very special thanks to all the volunteers and people involved in making this event possible. Thank you so much!




We are happy to announce that the UCMP received its first grant from the Carvel Foundation last month. This is an important accomplishment for the UCMP, considering that we only became incorporated this past October. We are in the process of applying to various grants and approaching private corporations for sponsorships. If you have not done so already, please consider making a contribution to the UCMP. Any donation will help to bring music to a Union City child. Please help us make a difference! 


Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation now.


El Sistema USA Newsletter

The Ensemble is a monthly newsletter that covers El Sistema programs in the US. It’s published by arts educator and author Eric Booth,  Please download it here and share it! (PDF)



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