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September 25 – 9 AM – Princeton, NJ
100% of donations to the Reply with Music 5K Walk goes to music programs for children!
Join us in Princeton, New Jersey on Sunday, September 25th to join with University and high school students to walk for children in Congo.
The local event will take place in Princeton, beginning on the corner of Walnut Lane and Franklin Ave. and going to Community Park North, before heading back to Walnut Lane. The halfway point is at the amphitheatre in Community Park North, where a classical musician will play to an audience of participants who can pause, rest, and listen while enjoying complementary refreshments from the water station before continuing back to the start/finish point. Whether you are eight or eighty-eight, you can enjoy a scenic walk through one of America’s greatest college towns for an exciting cause!
PIPs are Positive Impact Points – Rewards you earn when you do good things. 3P Partners, home to PIPs Rewards is a Certified B Corporation, a new kind of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
OPERAnauts’ Volunteers are VIPs (very important persons)! Volunteers play a crucial role in cultivating community relationships and partners to establish sustainability.
OPERAnauts gifts PIPs to VIPs to reward them, thank them, and amplify their good work!
OPERAnauts and PIPs Rewards volunteer program was recently featured on the PIPs Rewards blog.
READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE.
Do you want to join to become one of OPERAnauts 50 VIPs – who assist with music events, programs and publicity?
1) Contact us by email and let us know that you want to help, and how many hours you would like to give.
2) We’ll gladly give you our link to the volunteer hours tracking platform we use (and, if you like, help set up your account!)
4) Then, enroll with PIPs Rewards to receive PIPs Rewards for your volunteer hours. (Takes 5 seconds!)
5) And, we’ll schedule a short orientation for you with the VIPs coordinator, and get you going and giving!
A few months ago, as part of an OPERAnauts’ feasibility trip, we visited Kinshasa. OPERAnauts in collaboration with l’Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste aims to stage a Classical Music & Opera concert (possibly the first in an ongoing series) in The Democratic Republic of Congo.
We met potential producers, partners, and sponsors. Hands down and a consistently warm-hearted, stylish, and wonderful people who graciously await our return. With fundraising, sponsorship, and development underway – Joy thought she would share this slideshow of a few highlights of our trip.
In these images, photographer Laurence Paverd gives us a take on the fashion and style happening right now in Kinshasa, Congo (DRC). The photos were taken in July, 2015. The text in the video joins the images to OPERAnauts’ own company values and mission priorities.
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 have only just begun.
When they arrive, the rumors they heard are confirmed: the teachers have finally gone on strike since the government refuses to offer them even a meager salary. Deflated, the students begin the trek home once more. Without an education, where will they go? Who can look after them during the busy work day? It certainly won’t be the government. There are no role models to speak of in that area. They have nothing to do, no books to read, no web to surf, not even electricity to power their homes. Without their teachers, the children are lost. The town is still bustling when they return home.
Here’s where OPERAnauts comes in, bearing music and hope for better days. By providing music scores and mentorships for singers and musicians, they bond together while sharing the restorative power of music, proven time and time again to be the fastest boost to existing empathy skills, and strongest aid to those who lack them. As the students grow in their musical studies, they grow as people too; people with direction and resilience, people with the strength and determination that only mastering a difficult skill like musicianship can bring.
Change is wrought by those who feel they have the power to bring it, and for the suffering children of Kinshasa, power is in short supply. But, with OPERAnauts’ help, someday soon the road to school will no longer be paved with disappointment. It will radiate with hope in the brilliant morning sun.
by Niccolo Bechtler
Welcome to the first draft of our opera comic strip for La Petite Carmen! Using a sequence of pictures, the opera strip is meant to give highlights of the story. The speech bubbles are actually an English translation of key words from the French opera arias and duets sung by the characters. The characters’ names are, (in the order that they appear,) Escamillo and Micaela, then Carmen and José. So far, we have 10 panels forming the narrative, and we plan to add more.
The narration was written by Emily Lidstone and is written from Carmen’s point of view. Nishant Mudgal is the illustrator; he is very talented and can draw in many different styles. In order to match the opera strip to future opera performances, Nishant used the costume design drawings for detail and the performers’ photos. Find out more about these and other creative artists in Our Community.
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