Hometown: Waltham, Massachusetts
Web site: http://musicunitesus.info
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The mission of MusicUnitesUS is to further the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through music. We believe that music is a common medium that can help to unite diverse cultures in our own neighborhoods and transcend boundaries in the global community.
MusicUnitesUS is a three-tiered program of Brandeis University that encompasses an Intercultural Residency Series, a Public School Education Program, and a World Music Series.
The Intercultural Residency Series takes place in the University setting and links the creative arts with academic inquiry in explorations of culture, history, and tradition. Building on the musical narrative of the World Music Series and the educational and reflective goals of MusicUnitesUS, the Intercultural Residency Series at Brandeis University houses for a few days each semester, a musical ensemble whose ethos is embedded in a particular social, cultural, and/or political setting. With music as the common medium, the ICRS addresses the eternal questions of social justice and peaceful coexistence in the global community through events that offer opportunities for intellectual inquiry, reflective process, experiential learning, and creative expression. Workshops with Brandeis students, integration with curricula of ongoing courses, panel discussions and lectures by Brandeis and visiting faculty, and dialogues in informal social gatherings connected with the residency invite the Brandeis community to experience the arts and facilitate a greater understanding of diversity.
The Public School Education Program brings more than 1,000 Waltham public school students to Brandeis University and offers, three times a year, a series of musical and educational performances. Through music performances at Brandeis University's Slosberg Recital Hall, students are exposed to authentic voices revealing cultural values that express overarching social themes such as freedom and justice, identity, multiculturalism, and diversity. These distinctive performances inform through the music, the stories of the people, their history, culture, hopes, and aspirations. Each performance is shaped to link and reinforce the content of the social studies/history curricula taught in the classroom, and cooperating educators teach lesson plans relating to the historical and social aspects of the cultures thematically represented in the music.
The World Music Series presents musicians of international stature representing diverse cultures in a series of public concerts at Brandeis University. In the intimate setting of Slosberg Recital Hall, each concert invites the audience to experience the history, cultural memories - indeed, the heart and soul of a people through the autobiographical narrative of music.