|CHURCH HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT THE QMEA VIVA! SISTEMA MUSIC PROGRAM AT ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL|
MONTREAL, MARCH 10, 2014 – I Medici di McGill, accompanied by the St. Gabriel Student Ensemble, recently performed a benefit concert to support the QMEA VIVA! SISTEMA Music Program at the Pointe St. Charles primary school.
St. Gabriel’s students are also involved with two outside music programs. The Viva!El Sistema program originated in Venezuela which encourages social change and social interaction through the teaching of violin and cello. It attracts 22 students from the school and the surrounding community who learn and practice two hours daily, four days a week.
“To say that this concert was a resounding success would be an understatement,” said Deputy Director General Roma Medwid. “I was so proud of our little prodigies from St. Gabriel who impressed many of the aficionados of classical music in the audience including Marc Garneau. The audience was so taken by their skill after only one or two years of study that they were drawn to their feet for a rousing, standing applause. The students were thrilled and their nervous smiles with big wide grins of satisfaction.”
The students at St-Gabriel are also involved in the Heart of the City Piano program, which is a McGill University initiative in which the university provides teachers and tutors who come to the school throughout the a week and offer private and group lessons for piano and keyboarding.
Michael J. Cohen