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PPL Presents Community MusicWorks Experimental Music Concert, May 14
PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of the Library’s continuing 2016 Exhibition & Program Series -- PORTALS: The History of the Future, Providence Public Library (PPL) (150 Empire Street, Providence) welcomes Community MusicWorks performing its annual experimental music concert, pairing students with local composers. The program will be held Saturday, May 14, from 5 – 9 pm in the Library’s Empire Foyer. The event is free and open to all.
CMW resident musicians and MediaLab students have researched PPL’s collections to influence their MediaLab project, which is a CMW initiative designed to expose students to non-traditional music making as well as audio and visual media skills. Community MusicWorks’ mission is to create a cohesive urban community through music education and performance that transforms the lives of children, families, and musicians with a model is centered around the teaching, mentoring, program design, and performance activities of our musicians-in-residence, the Community MusicWorks Players.
CMW is a living experiment in forming new roles for musicians in today’s society. At one level, we are focused on creating a viable and satisfying career option for musicians to perform at a high level, teach in a community-based setting, and become positive contributors to community life. At a broader level, this model emphasizes that musicians can play critical roles in our society–in performances, creating spaces for people of diverse backgrounds to connect in community; in teaching, opening opportunities for young people to develop a voice and participate in democratic practices; and in the community, to have musical participation become part of the everyday–instead of rarified–experiences of people, regardless of financial or geographic barriers.
(release from Providence Public Library)