Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Cartagena: The Sound of Beautiful Music To My Ears

While at BRIDAL WEEK IN CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA 2015 we attended a luncheon at  Casa 1537 and it was there that we heard the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Cartagena an extraordinary professionally managed youth orchestra that focuses on art education in Cartagena, Colombia.  The young people who are members of this prestigious organization are from a vast spectrum of the City and work together seamlessly.

There is something very special about students who participate in this type of programming, and their ability to transcend the affects of adolescents and socio economic challenges. It is through these arts and education programming that allows each child to accomplish more than expected and dare to strive to be the best in not only their instrumentation but how they approach problem solving, focus and dedication to their own development despite outside influences and other worldly trauma.

This particular orchestra has united each spirit on the stage who have each learned how to bring their instruments and their musician together while successfully interfacing with each note on the page. These precious souls take in the  melody while the body says with the rhythm each finding a different focus for each child on their own individual journey .

I don’t know what was on my plate or if I ate – but I was being transformed to a place of peace amid a symphony of children who had touched my heart as they swayed when their instruments struck the appropriate chord and the exhale was found with the each refrain that met in the middle of a very unusual ethereal dance floor. The sounds from these instruments echo their Caribbean ancestry in such a meaningful and thoughtful way. This youth orchestra is part of an entire network that includes more than 3,000 students from all walks of life and economics and is paid for by Music By Colombia Foundation which is funded by major companies and enterprises in Cartagena and Colombia.

When I think of elegant weddings, outdoors or inside a wonderful historic property, I can certainly envision this orchestra or one in your community to add this bit of charm while assisting community programs in their development. Many of these orchestras can be found in your local high schools or non-profit programs, and I am certain that Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Cartagena will gladly join you and your wedding party at your destination.

Marsha Reeves-Jews
Marsha Reeves Jews is the Editor-At-Large for World Bride Magazine and is a wedding planner at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum in Baltimore, MD and for private clients.

Ms. Jews is the host and Executive Producer of Keep It Moving w/Marsha Jews, a weekly radio show on WEAA 88.9 FM, a national public radio station on the campus of Morgan State University.

Ms. Jews was the President/COO/Associate Publisher for Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), a ten million dollar multimedia company. As Associate Publisher, Ms. Jews managed the day-to-day operations for all aspects of two publications: the Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine and Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine; co-produced and designed the conference workshops, panel discussions, awards ceremonies and plenary sessions for The Black Engineer of the Year Awards Ceremony and Conference; and was co-founder and co-producer of Women of Color Technology Awards and Conference.

As former Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation of Maryland, Inc., Ms. Jews was responsible for the overall management of the statewide organization and for presenting the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s annual Baltimore performances, community outreach, fundraisers and the year-round AILEY/Camp for at-risk middle school children.

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