Crossing Cultures - Review - May 3

Intercultural Journeys continued its partnership with the Philadelphia Latino community in an exciting performance at the Esperanza Center on Thursday, May 3. Intercultural Journeys joined its partners from Dancing Classrooms Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño, AMLA - Artistas y Músicos Latino Americanos, Esperanza Academy Charter School, and the Dalí String Quartet in a performance that brought together youth from various communities of Northeast Philadelphia.

The performance included an entertaining mix of music ranging from Mozart to Rafael Hernández, one of the 20th century’s most important composers of Puerto Rican music. The Crossing Cultures series was designed to bridge the gap between the established Philadelphia arts community and the vibrant arts community in Northeast Philadelphia, but also allows collaboration between the local ethnic-flavored musicians and the traditional classical musicians in a new and unique way.

In addition to performing excerpts from Mozart’s chamber string repertoire, traditional Puerto Rican songs such as “En Mi Viejo San Juan” were performed as well.

Intercultural Journeys’ Artistic Director, Udi Bar-David, said “Intercultural Journeys’ visit to Esperanza was a huge step in its collaboration with the Latino community, as it introduced the newly renovated performing space to many of our friends, supporters and board members, embracing multiple organizations working toward cross-cultural understanding, including Esperanza, Taller and Dancing Classrooms Philly.Bringing together the music of Mozart and Rafael Hernández was a great meeting of sounds, and performing with students side by side with professionals received the most enthusiastic applause from the energetic audience.”

“AMLA embraces these moments where professional musicians and young aspiring musicians come together to celebrate the wonderful sound created by the synergies of a true collaboration…This is a musical journey that will exist beyond our space and leadership, through the sparks of passion exhibited by the new generation of Philadelphia musicians,” said Lucas Rivera, AMLA’s Executive Director.

The next Crossing Cultures concert will be held on July 27 as part of Taller Puertorriqueño’s Café Under the Stars series.

In order to maintain and expand this popular program and its other initiatives, Intercultural Journeys is embarking on a fundraising campaign whose goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of this year. Donations can be sent to Intercultural Journeys, 6757 Greene Street, Suite 130, Philadelphia, PA 19119.