STAMFORD, CT (October 26, 2020) – INTEMPO music students and faculty, have been chosen to perform on the virtual Kennedy Center stage on Tuesday, November 24th at 4:00 pm EST.
INTEMPO will be the only organization representing Stamford, and one of two from the entirety of Connecticut. The live streamed concert will be presented in partnership with Stamford’s Ferguson Library auditorium and it has received underwriting by SpreadMusicNow.
The diverse program will highlight musicians from across Fairfield County and composers such as Chabuca Granda from Peru and Carlos Mejia Godoy from Nicaragua. This will be a virtual adaptation of INTEMPO’s annual large scale Cultural Crossover Concert — a soundscape across the Caribbean, Central, South, and North America, featuring native and familiar instruments.
The Kennedy Center established “Arts Across America” – a 20-week performance series from July 27 through Dec. 11.- as part of a larger effort to highlight and celebrate diverse and inclusive communities and artists across the country. “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted issues of systemic inequity, racial equity, and the need for chance. We have been working diligently during the past 32 weeks, to provide ongoing music education to our community. We are excited to be a part of Arts Across America to bring more awareness and understanding about interculturality through music,” says Angelica Durrell, INTEMPO Founder and Executive Director.
Karina Giliano, Public Programs Coordinator at the John F. Kennedy center for the Performing Arts commented that “As the Nation’s cultural center and as the nation faces a global pandemic and its history of systemic racism and oppression, it is the responsibility of the Kennedy Center to showcase the full range of artists and communities that contribute to the culture of the US. I am personally very excited to be a part of presenting this performance that highlights various Latin American countries including Peru, Mexico, and Nicaragua and reflects the immigrant diaspora.”
Tune into the live concert on The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Facebook LIVE page here.
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Founded in 2011, INTEMPO is an intercultural music education and creative youth development organization. It seeks to level the playing field in music education by promoting classical music, native instruments and repertoire.
Based in Stamford, Connecticut, INTEMPO provides high-quality music education to children predominantly from immigrant or first-generation backgrounds and from communities underrepresented in the arts, empowering them to leverage these skills to achieve life success. INTEMPO’s accessible, relevant, and inclusive programs break down barriers that keep children from participating in music education and supports their musical interests.
INTEMPO was a finalist for the 2016 and 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and received the 2019 Adolf Busch Award, the 2019 DeLucia Prize in Music Education from the Mockingbird Foundation, and the 2020 Music For All Advocacy in Action Award. The INTEMPO Ensemble has toured Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua in partnership with the United States State Department. INTEMPO receives support from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Carnegie Hall, the Sphinx Organization, Country Music Association Foundation, the Hot Topic Foundation, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts, CT Humanities, SpreadMusicNow, D’Addario Foundation, the Harry Chapin Foundation, and many other generous organizations and individuals.
About the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:
As the nation’s cultural center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, The Kennedy Center is a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts. We are the nation’s beacon for the performing arts, engaging artists and audiences around the world to share, inspire, and celebrate the cultural heritage by which a great society is defined and remembered.