Magazine article International Musician

Orchestra Steps Up to Heal the Island

Magazine article International Musician

Orchestra Steps Up to Heal the Island

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Nearly one month after damage from Hurricane Maria left 10% to 15% of Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra members homeless, the orchestra began a series of free concerts to help heal the island's people. The orchestra's musicians are members of Local 555 (San Juan, PR).

"Our idea is to play for those who need more," says Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra Music Director Maximiano Valdės in a WBUR radio interview. "There are many people left with nothing here." The themes of the concerts, which include both classical and traditional Puerto Rican music, will be loss, survival, and rebuilding.

Local 555 President Miguel Rivera, a trumpet player, also took part in the radio interview. He said the needs of the people go beyond food and water. "The people of Puerto Rico need food for the soul, I think. And music for me, is the best art because it goes right to your heart," he says. …

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