LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Esperanza Azteca USA, LLC, a network of youth orchestras and choirs that provides young people from low-income families a better quality of life through music, announced today that its Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra and Choir will perform an inaugural concert on December 18, 2015, at 8:00 pm PT at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles, California. The youth orchestra is a joint effort between Grupo Salinas and its Fundacion Azteca, The Andrew Nikou Foundation, OpenGate Capital, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Beyond the Bell and community partners.
Esperanza Azteca Orchestra Los Angeles is comprised of 190 youth participants ages 7-17 from various schools in the Cypress Park area of Los Angeles. Fifteen music teachers, including a conductor, have been providing free private instruction to the students with their individual instruments and teaching them the basics of reading music. They have been practicing five days a week for over a year and this upcoming performance marks their first public appearance.
“We are thrilled to celebrate another Esperanza Azteca milestone with our partners,” said Gilbert Lopez, Executive Director, Esperanza Azteca USA, LLC. “It truly is a proud moment to see the amazing musical and personal accomplishments made by these talented children and the incredible positive impact the program has had on them.”
The inaugural concert will be conducted by internationally-recognized conductor and composer, Cristian F. Grases, DMA. He is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California and is the Conductor of the USC Thornton Concert Choir.
The Esperanza Azteca Orchestra Los Angeles is the first Esperanza Azteca youth orchestra to launch in the U.S. The Esperanza Azteca program seeks to enhance and improve the lives of children through music, helping them learn about discipline, teamwork and striving for excellence. The distinguished program was launched and is overseen by Grupo Salinas.
For more information, contact Gilbert Lopez, Executive Director, Esperanza Azteca Gilopez@aztecaamerica.com or (818) 844-1464.
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 more than 80 orchestras in Mexico, United States and El Salvador, encouraging values such as discipline, excellence and teamwork in over 18,000 talented youth.