Martin luther king, jr. Tribute concert at faneuil hall features boston youth symphony orchestras

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Kristin Altman, BYSO, (617) 358-6015,

John Connolly, Mayor’s Office, 617-635-3607,


FREE January 18 Concert Presented by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events,

Museum of African American History & Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

(BOSTON – November 30, 2009) The Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, in partnership with the Museum of African American History and Boston Youth Symphony presents Orchestras (BYSO), presents a free family concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 18, 2010, at 3.00pm at Faneuil Hall. The concert will feature readings from works by Dr. King and performances by young musicians from the BYSO Intensive Community Program (ICP), led by Conductor Marta Zurad.
Said Mayor Menino: “Dr. King is among the most significant figures in American history. The mission of Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program echoes the spirit of his work. It is a fitting tribute to have their music celebrate his life.”
The Intensive Community Program is a rigorous string instrument training program within the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras that brings quality classical music instruction to students of underrepresented communities.
For almost three centuries, Faneuil Hall has played a crucial role in the political and social life of Boston’s residents and visitors. From sowing the seeds of the American Revolution, abolishment of slavery, women’s suffrage and civil rights, Faneuil Hall has provided a platform for the social changes that have shaped our nation. Since 1742, the Georgian-style Great Hall has been used for public meetings and celebrations and continues to play a role in Boston civic life today. Famous orators who have spoken in the hall include Frederick Douglas, Lucy Stone and John F. Kennedy.
About Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) has been in residence at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since its inception in 1958. BYSO is widely regarded as one of the country's finest youth orchestras and is recognized nationally as a model music and arts education organization. It consists of 457 students from the New England area, representing more than 100 communities. Since its founding, the BYSO continues to achieve the highest artistic standards and remains committed to musical excellence.

About Museum of African American History

The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest African American history museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans. Through exhibits and programs at its four historic sites in Boston and Nantucket, the Museum highlights the powerful story of community leaders, activists, and ordinary citizens who helped to shape this nation’s history from the Colonial Period through the 19th century. The Museum’s collections include paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, manuscripts, antique and contemporary journals, documents, books, and material culture. For more information or to schedule a Black Heritage Trail® tour, visit our website or call 617-725-0022 x 23 (Boston) or 508-228-9833 (Nantucket).
About Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events and Faneiul Hall

The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events fosters the growth of the cultural community; promotes public participation in the arts and public celebrations; and advances cultural tourism in Boston.

2008 Intensive Community Program (ICP) Student Roster of MLK Performers

(Alphabetical by hometown, then by last name)

(Name, instrument, hometown, school, grade)

Natalia Jean McDermott, Cello, Billerica, Marshall Middle School, 6

Alexandra M.L. Maund, Viola, Boston, Southfield School, 7

Taylor Payne, Violin, Boston, Rivers School, 6

Samantha Velasquez, Violin, Boston, Boston Latin Academy, 11

Dante Velasquez, Cello, Boston, Boston Latin School, 9

Berleine Gedeon, Bass, Brockton, Hancock Public School, 5

Adam Gourabou, Violin, Cambridge, Graham and Parks School, 9

Sammy Gourabou, Cello, Cambridge, Graham and Parks School, 7

Patrick Joseph Samonte, Cello, Dedham, Edward W. Brooke Charter School, 7

Damon Levin, Bass, Dorchester, Smith Leadership Academy, 6

Chiamaka Chukwujama, Bass, Hyde Park, Thayer Academy, 10

Raina Jacques, Viola, Hyde Park, Beaver Country Day School, 12

Gesnerson Jean Charles, Bass, Hyde Park, Boston Prep Charter School, 6

Chad Kaplan Polk, Cello, Hyde Park, Learning Project Elementary School, 4

Sebastian D'Amico, Cello, Jamaica Plain, Boston Latin School, 7

Alexandra D'Amico, Viola, Jamaica Plain, Neighborhood School, 6

Genevieve Lefevre, Viola, Mattapan, Southfield School, 6

Christian Ernest, Bass, Milton, Brimmer & May School, 7

Tatiana Michaud, Cello, Milton, Milton High School, 9

Allysa-Lara Lujares, Viola, Newton, Bigelow Middle School, 8

Yan B. Prophete, Bass, Randolph, St. Angela's School, 5

Amanda Lewis, Viola, Roslindale, Boston Arts Academy, 10

Angelica Samonte, Violin, Roslindale, St. Theresa's School, 4

Alexa Sanchez, Cello, Roslindale, Boston Latin Academy, 7

Francis Adams, Cello, Roxbury, Tenacre Country Day School, 4

Kristen Adams, Violin, Roxbury, Tenacre Country Day School, 6

Chase Balayo, Viola, Roxbury, Boston Latin School, 8

Marina Phillips, Bass, South Boston, Cathedral School, 6

Farrah Ridore, Bass, Stoneham, International School of Boston, 9

Sébastien Ridore, Viola, Stoneham, Buckingham Browne & Nichols--Middle School, 6

Stephanie Mascary, Viola, Taunton, Oliver Ames High School, 11

Patrick Gregory Samonte, Viola, West Roxbury, Boston Latin School, 8

Elizabeth Shaye Firmin, Bass, Westwood, Downey School, 6

Peter Firmin, Bass, Westwood, Downey School, 5

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