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Give Us Hope – A Haiti Relief Effort

When the children of the MCC reflected on the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, they knew they wanted to do something to help. As such this became a community service project for the organization titled Give Us Hope. Through workshops and rehearsals with composers Sydney Guillaume and Oscar Escalada, the project culminated in three days of activity with a final concert at the Byron Carlyle Theater (Miami Beach) on April 10, 2011.

The music of Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume has become a staple in the MCC repertoire. With that as the basis, he was commissioned to write another piece, which was given its world premier performance at this event. Plakatap was performed along with his other MCC commissions – with text by his father Gabriel Guillaume:

Men Nou (2006)
Koudjay (2008)
Lakay (2008)
Peyi Mwen (2010)
Plakatap (2011)

Also on this concert was the US premiere of Elogio a la niñez (Eulogy to Childhood) by Oscar Escalada. This piece for children’s chorus, soprano soloist and orchestra – Commissioned by Classical Movements – was given its world premier performance at the Teatro Colon in Argentina in 2006 with the MCC and choirs from the United States and Argentina conducted by Doreen Rao. On April 10th, Maestro Escalda conducted the performance with local musicians hired by Alfredo Oliva, Carolina Castells – a MCC Alumna – as Soprano Soloist, his daughter
Ana on bandoneon, and the children of the MCC. Another MCC Alumna, Fabienne Rousseau, created the fabulous artwork used for this event. A CD was produced for this event and can be purchased from the MCC for $12. It contains the works of Sydney Guillaume in addition to Give Us Hope and Amani (A Song of Friendship) by Jim Papoulis.