“The clouds over Durham did not stop the sun that was shining inside the auditorium of E.K. Powe Elementary Thursday afternoon when more than 50 children came together to perform in the KidZNotes 3rd Annual Summer Camp Concert,” reports Jamica Ashley in Saturday’s (7/13) Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.). “The culmination of three weeks of hard work in the camp, the concert was an opportunity for the students to showcase their singing and orchestral skills before a full house. ‘The power of music is not only about the brain development but also what they think their world is about,’ said KidZNotes Executive Director Kathryn Wyatt. ‘Music becomes their way of communicating with people they don’t know and expressing themselves.’” KidzNotes is a three-year program providing free music instruction and instruments to students. “[It] is inspired by El Sistema, the social-reform orchestra program for children and families in poverty in Venezuela. The program works with children from five low-income schools in Durham.… KidZNotes has been so successful during the school year … in Durham that this fall it will expand to Raleigh.…’We want to feed that curiosity so they ask what’s possible, what people can they meet, what languages can they learn, what new art forms can they explore.’ ” The expansion of El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, including KidZNotes, is the subject of an article in the current issue of Symphony magazine.
Posted July 19, 2013