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Music Art Challenge
The music played on the radio, in school, in church and on the street - pop, rock, rap, reggae, hip- hop, gospel, jazz, etc. - is what these students know. They probably don't realize that the foundation of the music they hear every day can be traced back to its roots: a symphony orchestra.

Thanks to funding from the P.L. Dodge Foundation, MISO's "Music Art Challenge" combines music, the visual arts and story-telling. The program launched in late 2013 with Overtown's Touching Miami with Love (TML) after-school program. As part of MISO's outreach program to underserved communities, Conductor and Music Director Eduardo Marturet and Concertmaster and Program Founder Daniel Andai believe that a large majority of Miami's children - elementary through high school - have never experienced the performance of a professional symphony orchestra.

Touching Miami with Love (TML)

So together, they created MISO'S Music Art Challenge to begin educating the students at TML about the roots of classical music and its parallels to other genres such as the visual and written arts, with the goal of expanding their interests in these disciplines. Four sessions on TML's campus introduced MISO's leadership/principal musicians, their roles and instruments, and performances, along with guidelines for a composition contest. Erik Speyer, a well-known Miami watercolor and oil painter and MISO's Artist-in-Residence, taught the basics of watercolor to prepare students to create their story's image. Eduardo Marturet along with MISO's Composer-in-Residence Sam Hyken met with student groups to hear their stories in connection with their paintings, which inspired several new and original compositions including Marturet's Candy Island "Victory of the Lollipop People".

Candy Island "Victory of the Lollipop People"
Animals live peacefully on Candy Island
All of sudden it starts to rain candy canes, covered the animals and destroying the island
Lollipop people come to the island and use their magic to make it stop raining
Everyone has a party and lives happily ever after

Watch for special performances throughout the season, which will feature the children's narration of their stories and artwork.
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