This month, celebrate the importance of music by witnessing the impact it has on our local children. On May 29, 120 young musicians from Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) in Santa Barbara and VYMA Music Project in Pasadena will work together as one harmonious orchestra and choir in the Pasadena Seminario 2013. Join them as they perform a joint concert at 5 p.m. at Longfellow Elementary School.

Modeled after El Sistema—the renowned Venezuelan program that produced Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the L.A. Philharmonic—this day event offers teaching artists and students an excellent opportunity for learning, collaborating and inspiring others. Throughout the day, over 120 elementary school students will work together and perform as one unit, allowing them to develop their skills and talents as both musicians and people. The joint concert will showcase their work and highlight the importance of the day’s activities.

In order to ensure the event’s success, the Seminario asks that you help them raise $2000 to cover workshops and additional teaching artist hours. Donations will go toward creating a post-event web-based package of planning notes, choral and orchestral lesson plans, and video footage of the day’s festivities. If you are interested in donating, please click here. Only those who have a reservation can attend the performance, so please RSVP to for details.

The iCAN Music Program is a free after-school program that works with underprivileged children to create learning opportunities for artistic excellence and success. It aims to bring high-quality arts programs to children in Santa Barbara County and currently serves 90 students at Franklin Elementary School, five days a week. Led by music program director Adam Johnston, the program is in its second year of development. Click here if you would like to find out more about iCAN.

VYMA Music Project, a partnership with PasadenaLEARNs after-school program, offers at-risk children free after-school music education based on the model of El Sistema. Currently in its fourth year, the program is taught by professional teaching artists and is run by music director Dr. Anne Rardin; program coordinator and composer-in-residence Ted Masur and artistic director Samvel Chilingarian.

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