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by Erica Jones
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 at 3:25 PM
Artists Unite to Help Bring Free Music Lessons to At-risk Youth in LA
At 7 p.m. Saturday, August 21, a free will donation benefit show in which 100% of the donations will go to The Harmony Project will take place at Oneonta Church in South Pasadena. The Harmony Project offers free music instruction to at-risk children in Los Angeles to nurture purpose and develop these children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. Drop out rates are greater than 50% for the demographic that makes up The Harmony Project’s enrollment, yet 100% of Harmony Project students remain enrolled in school. The Harmony Project teaches kids to read music, think strategically, cooperate with others, manage their time, and provides them with a brighter future. This program has been selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in both 2008 and 2009 as one of the best arts-based non-profits in the nation. Kids from The Harmony Project have played at the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel. The Harmony Proect originally started out in 2001 with 36 students and now has over 700 students with 300 students on the waiting list. Performers from Miss Saigon, RENT, a soloist featured at Walt Disney Concert Hall, inspirational singer/song writers, a violinist, improvisers from Monkey Butler's Main Stage, and a representative from The Harmony Project have united to raise money and send additional students to The Harmony Project.
Benefit Concert for The Harmony Project at Oneonta Congregational Church,
1515 Garfield Ave., South Pasadena. 7p.m. Saturday, August 21. Free Will Donation.
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