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April 21, 2000
QuinTango's Greatest Rhythms From the Americas to Europe
Now Include Alexandria, Virginia
Internationally acclaimed music group QuinTango
transported last Sunday's crowd at the Lyceum to another place and
time... where the tango ruled! Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley, Virginia
State Delegate Brian Moran, Councilman David Speck, and other local
business leaders joined a visiting French delegation and Alexandria
patrons of the arts in being swept away to QuinTango's rhythmic
incisiveness and sweeping melodies. The concert was interspersed
with historic and musical anecdotes in English and French, expanding
the traditional Buenos Aires-Paris musical connection into a new
triangle that will soon include Alexandria.
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"Creating new ties between the arts and education is one of
our goals," says Dr. Mary Radnofsky, president of The Socrates
Institute, a non-profit organization and sponsor of Sunday's concert.
"With QuinTango, we now have the opportunity to develop these
ties internationally from a musical perspective, so I have begun
to design a new interdisciplinary program for local schools that
will include the development of different kinds of music across
political and cultural borders."
Dr. Radnofsky, who volunteers on the city's Alexandria-Caen Exchange
Committee, adds that "QuinTango's mesmerizing music is confirmation
that the powerful partnership of art and education has no equal
when it comes to bringing people together, so it is with great pleasure
that The Socrates Institute coordinates such events with our sister
Proceeds from the concert and reception will benefit The Socrates
Institute's educational programs, such as those which produced the
impressive 12-foot mural on display for the evening, "Visions
of Alexandria: Past, Present, & Future," painted by Alexandria
children to celebrate the city's 250th anniversary this past year.
The current educational program,"Vision and Invention"
will run through the end of 2000. A new program, entitled "The
Music of Their Lives," is scheduled to be offered in Alexandria
and its sister cities early next year.
Other plans for the Alexandria-Caen Exchange Committee include travel
to Caen with the Socrates "Visions" mural to help celebrate
Bastille Day in our French sister city. The mural will be on display
at Caen's city hall during the week of the July 14 celebrations.
Future exchanges between Caen and Alexandria include youth internships,
college student exchanges, and homestay visits.
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