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Since 2006, over 2,000 instruments have found young owners to elicit melodies that are able to transform their lives. This is possible thanks to programs such as Revive La Música (“Bring the Music Back to Life”), which is a unique initiative to promote music education for children and teenagers on the island.
This partnership between Fundación Banco Popular and the Luis A. Ferré Foundation has bolstered music programs for 67 schools through the donation of musical instruments and books that, up until now, had fallen into disuse. This helps reach more students, and it motivates them to learn how to play musical instruments, including less traditional choices, such as the tuba, the bassoon, and the oboe.
Revive La Música has established collection points for these instruments at Banco Popular branches. The instruments are repaired and brought to schools and non-profit organizations offering music programs. Since 2006, more than 135 organizations have benefited from these efforts, helping keep its participants occupied and away from the streets. These donations also provide a relief in costs for these institutions and the parents of participating students.
Every year, children and teenagers who benefit from the Program show their learned skills at a large concert. Jorge Flynn, who produces these concerts and serves as a consultant for the Foundation’s music programs, explains that at the event Revive La Música, El Concierto, parents marvel at the outcome of their children’s long hours of practice and study.
This time, the students shared the stage with pianists Francisco Paz, Adlan Cruz, and Stevan Micheo. The concert featured a diverse repertoire, including pieces from Rafael Hernández and Phil Collins. In earlier occasions, Revive La Música has garnered the collaboration of artists such as La Secta AllStar, Millo Torres, Yaire, Cultura Profética, Tommy Torres, Sie7e, and Black Guayaba.
This program is sponsored by the Plaza Las Américas Foundation, Plaza Las Américas, Islandwide, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.