This spring, Bush Mango Drum & Dance will hold two events designed to inspire and energize its audiences and make a difference in the community.
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th, Bush Mango’s 13-member, multi-generational company will present its spring performance. Entitled Wongai! (which means Let’s Go! in Susu, a West African language), the performance is a celebration of the poly-rhythmic music and dynamic dancing of West Africa.
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The Good Food Collective(GFC), a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, was featured in WROC TV’s regular “Go Green” feature last month. Its founder Chris Hartman and local farmer, Brian Beh, are featured, talking about good, local, sustainable food. To see the video segment, click here: http://rochesterhomepage.net/search-fulltext?nxd_id=84931
The 2010/11 season marks the 40th anniversary of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO), a symphony orchestra comprised of 100 dedicated young musicians in grades eight through 12 from around the greater Rochester area. Led by music director Dr. David Harman, the RPYO will perform its final concert of the season at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 15th at Hale Auditorium, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr. in Rochester.
Erinn Cain of the Messenger Post ran a thoughtful, inspiring story on Bush Mango and its Youth Project in the April 4th issue of the Henrietta Post. Here’s an excerpt and a link to the full story http://www.henriettapost.com/feature/x481350355/Bush-Mango-Youth-Project-teaches-dance-drum-and-life-skills:
There’s much more to the Youth Project at Bush Mango Drum and Dance than dance steps and drum beats. It’s about giving kids the skills they need to succeed, said Colleen Hendrick, executive director of Bush Mango, located in Rochester.
The program, in its 21st year, teaches West African drumming and dancing to area youth ages five to 18.
“Students enrolled in our programming learn so much more than drum and dance,” said Hendrick, founder of the program. “They learn and develop essential life skills and traits, such as discipline, teamwork, confidence and joy — all of which will help propel them into their futures.”
What: Bush Mango’s presents “Alive!”
Bush Mango’s 13 member, multi-generational company will perform the traditional rhythms and movements of Guinea, West Africa, in this sure-to-inspire evening of drumming and dancing.
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Recently, Dr. David Harman, the music director for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO); Susan Basu, its manager and I sat down with Sarah Lentini, the editor and publisher of Metropolitan Magazine, a gorgeous quarterly publication of the Arts & Cultural Council of Rochester. Sarah is also the president and CEO of this local, not-for-profit organization.
The conversation was engaging and from it the idea came to do a piece on Dr. Harman and the RPYO, as this is the 40th season of this amazing orchestra. (The RPYO is comprised of about 100 stellar musicians from grades eight to 12 from around the greater Rochester area.)
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