Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Plácido Domingo Will Conduct Youth Orchestra in Harlem

As if this guy does not do enough already! Well, good for him. "On Wednesday night, opera superstar Placido Domingo will spread the love of music to some of his youngest fans. He’ll take the stage with New York City school children in Harlem, where some of the kids are rehearsing for the performance of a lifetime. At PS-129, the top musicians from the Harmony Program are getting ready for Wednesday night’s big gala and their conductor will be Placido Domingo. 'I’m going to meet the most famous opera singer in the world and I’m going to be very happy to see him,' 9-year-old Johann Arias told CBS 2′s Cindy Hsu. Domingo is being honored Wednesday by the program that has nearly 100 students in Harlem and Brooklyn. They are learning about music 2 hours after school, 5 days a week. 'It’s not just about reading the notes on the page or playing a song on a stage. It’s really about teaching children the skills that they can apply to their academics,' Executive Director of the Harmony Program, Annie Fitzgibbon, said. 'Children through music learn how to focus, how to concentrate, how to work with others.'" [Source]

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