Eleven Fairfax County nonprofit arts organizations have been awarded Project Support Grants from the Arts Council of Fairfax County - and, delightedly, ArtSpace Herndon is among them.
The awards total $79,243, Arts Council of Fairfax County representatives say, and represent disciplines including visual arts, theatre, orchestral, choral, and international music, as well as preschool and elementary age arts education.
Harlon Reece, president of the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, who helps ArtSpace frequently, said ArtSpace will be utilizing the funds from the grant to present "CrossCurrents," a two-part master class and world music concert series.
Reece said the first concert will be held at ArtSpace on Oct. 12 and will feature Ranendra Kumar Das, a graduate of the University of Bridgeport originally from Sylhet, Bangladesh, playing an Indian drum called a tabla; Abhik Mukherjee, a gold medalist on the sitar from Calcutta and a graduate from Rabindra Bharati University in India; and Valeriya Sholokhova, a graduate of the Julliard School in New York City originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, playing the cello.
The trio, which calls themselves "Om Shalom," combines classical Indian music with western music from Eastern Europe. The group will also conduct an interactive master class for secondary and college students.
The second concert, in April of 2014, will feature a dazzling quartet led by Dr. Mauricio Salguero, a former professor of music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Salguero, formerly from Columbia, South America, teaches and performs on woodwind instruments. He will be joined by George Martinez, a pianist originally from Cuba and a graduate of George Mason University; Luis Angel Bonilla, a percussionist from Puerto Rico and a graduate of the InterAmerican Recinto Metropolitano; and Laura Sosa, a vocalist originally from Peru.
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collaboration between diverse styles found in Central and South America and
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"The Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts is delighted to have received a project support grant from the Arts Council of Fairfax County that will partially fund 'Crosscurrents,' a two-part master class and world music concert series that will feature the collaboration of diverse musical styles to create new music forms," Reece told Patch. "We at ArtSpace believe that 'Crosscurrents' will provide a unique and exciting experience for music lovers in our area."
"Crosscurrents" is partially supported by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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