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Behind the Curtain: an interview with Craig Levesque

From my perch on the third step of the amphitheatre in Pettoranello Gardens, Dr. Craig Levesque appears exactly as I imagined, walking up from behind the warping wooden stage to meet me. The afternoon has clouded over, leaving perfect conditions for the cameras, and the never ending slough of passing Jersey traffic has quieted to

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It’s a weekday morning in Congo’s capital city

It’s a weekday morning in Congo’s capital city of Kinshasa, and the humid air is thick with the sound of voices. Children weave in and out of stands selling bananas and oranges, melons and decorative beads, making their way to the dirt road leading to school. The walk is a long one, but their troubles

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Hot Dog! OPERAnauts Fundraising Meal at Tower Dogs

Why we’re Raising. . . OPERAnauts is a passionate reply to help young people use opera for social change. To engage, teach and inspire through the power of opera. OPERAnauts is a nonprofit organization using music as a social change agent to reverse the cycle of violence and poverty for people in Congo. Click here

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Empathy

Empathy refers to the ability to relate to another person’s pain vicariously, as if one has experienced that pain themselves. (Example:  He felt great empathy with the poor.) The capacity for empathy is an action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present

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Painting Party Fundraiser

  Thank you for coming and painting for OPERAnauts’ opera music work in Congo!And, a special thanks to the artists! And, thanks to Diane Forer, teaching artist, for preparing such a joyful subject to paint – a musical scene in a Congolese village, and for creating such a wonderful event. Here are some of the comments about

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Coffee Tasting Party

Thank you for coming and celebrating OPERAnauts’ milestone with a Coffee Tasting at Starbucks! And, thank you to Ivett Heffentrager, store manager and her assistant, Natanael for choosing such delicious coffee and dessert pairings for us to taste, and creating such a wonderful event at Starbucks on Nassau Street. And, a special thanks to the

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Bring Joy – Shop for Gifts

Save the Date! This year, OPERAnauts joins the #GivingTuesday movement to connect with our local community at Ten Thousand Villages, in the Princeton Shopping Center in New Jersey. On November 29th from 4 – 8 PM, OPERAnauts volunteers will provide refreshments for guests to enjoy while they shop; and, the store will donate 15% of purchases

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Joins National #GivingTuesday movement

  This year on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history.  We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday — a movement to celebrate

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