CiH’s primary partner is the Youth Orchestra and Choir Program of Mexico City, with which we conducted workshops, rehearsals, and master classes annually from 2007-2009, renewing our relationship in 2017 in a project shown in the above video. The popular Facebook page “Él es el violinista más interesante del mundo” (He is the most interesting violinist in the world) conducted this interview about the 2017 project. Here are the speeches praising the project’s impact from the final concert at Futurama in Mexico City on February 4, 2017.
In Morelia in 2007, we performed at CMMAS, and one of our musicians, Karl Pestka, worked there in 2008 to create an electronic composition reflecting the indigenous P’urhepecha heritage. In 2007 at CREFAL in Pátzcuaro, we created compositions with orphans (from the Casa Hogar) and senior citizens (from Nuestros Años Felices). In 2009 in Comachuen, we met with local musicians, taught clarinet and trumpet lessons at the new conservatory, learned traditional music from a P’urhepecha ensemble, and marched in the procession of the Ascension of Mary.
Musicians we have sent from the US to Mexico include Andrew Roitstein, Catherine Eisele, Ben Grow, Steve Solook, Geeta Abad, Jennifer Curtis, William Harvey, Clara Lyon, Margaret Dyer, Amelia Hollander Ames, Wendeline Everett, Nick Gallas, and Ryan Walsh.