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Photo Release -- Five Years Giving Hope to Underprivileged Children by Creating Alternatives Through Music

"Esperanza Azteca has provided to more than 16,000 children the tools to build their own future in a better way with responsibility and solidarity to assist in the development of their communities," said Ricardo B. Salinas



Esperanza Azteca Orchestra offering its five years anniversary concert


"The celebration is actually for all those who make this project every day a great collective effort devoted to the future of Mexico," added Mr. Salinas

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- During this week´s concert celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra program at the Sala Nezahualcoyotl, the national orchestra and choir composed of 232 musicians from Mexico, the United States and El Salvador offered an unforgettable performance to standing ovations.

A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=31002

The concert was attended by Ricardo B. Salinas, Chairman and Founder of Grupo Salinas, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, President of National Council for Culture and Arts (Conaculta), Sergio Alcocer Martinez de Castro, Deputy of Foreign Affairs, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, Executive President of Fundacion Azteca, parents and members of the diplomatic corps.

The concert included: Overture Festiva by Dmitri Shostakovich, Magnificat by John Rutter, the Hadyn Trumpet Concerto perfomed by Moisés Tlaxcaltecatl, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto performed by Alfonso Medina, songs by Agustín Lara and Prince Igor by Aleksander Borodin.

Mr. Salinas commented: "These youth are elevating their communities and demonstrating that change is possible. Together they can tell stories with musical instruments and learn to work as a team. Through this process they have learned to respect each other because they know that the best execution depends on a united group."

Since 2009, the project of Grupo Salinas has created 80 symphony orchestras and 77 choirs where youth can learn through music the values of discipline, the pursuit of excellence, teamwork and respect, while improving self-esteem and inspiring families and communities.

Throughout these five years, Fundación Azteca of Grupo Salinas has created Esperanza Azteca orchestras and choirs throughout Mexico and abroad, thanks to local sponsors, parents, coordinators, teachers and principals, as well as federal, state and local governments.

During the event, Ricardo B. Salinas was recognized, together with teachers, students and staff for their dedication to Esperanza Azteca; and for the first time, the Medal of Merit was awarded to Music Director and Professor Armando Zayas.

Esperanza Azteca's biggest challenge is to grow with excellence and build better human beings through music.

About Esperanza Azteca

Esperanza Azteca is a network of youth orchestras and choirs that provide young people from low-income families a better quality of life. We seek to form better human beings through music. The project is a joint effort among local communities, local, state and federal governments and the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, spearheaded by Fundación Azteca. The program currently features 80 orchestras in Mexico, United States and El Salvador, encouraging values such as discipline, excellence and teamwork in over 16,000 talented youth. For more information, visit www.fundacionazteca.org or Twitter @EsperanzaAzteca

About Grupo Salinas

Grupo Salinas (www.gruposalinas.com) is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, building the Mexican middle class, and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (www.ricardosalinas.com), Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. These companies include: Azteca (www.azteca.com; www.irtvazteca.com) Azteca America (us.azteca.com), Grupo Elektra (www.grupoelektra.com.mx), Banco Azteca (www.bancoazteca.com.mx), Advance America (www.advanceamerica.net), Afore Azteca (www.aforeazteca.com.mx), Seguros Azteca (www.segurosazteca.com.mx), Punto Casa de Bolsa (www.puntocasadebolsa.mx), Totalplay (www.totalplay.com.mx) and Enlace TPE (www.enlacetpe.mx). Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings. The group of companies shares a common vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth, superior results and world-class performance.

The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.

CONTACT: Press Relations: Daniel McCosh; +52 (55) 1720 0059; dmccosh@gruposalinas.com Luciano Pascoe, +52 (55) 1720 1313 ext. 36553, lpascoe@gruposalinas.com.mx

Source: Grupo Salinas