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Orchestra of the Americas' International Gala on April 5th

March 28, 2019

The Orchestra of the Americas' International Gala on Friday, April 5, 2019, will be an unforgettable evening at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington DC, that will transport guests to the vibrant nation of Mexico in celebration of its upcoming tour. Purchase tickets.

Blake Pouliot & Colburn School String Orchestra at the Four Seasons 2018 (Photo by: Tony Powell) Blake Pouliot & Colburn School String Orchestra at the Four Seasons 2018

The Orchestra honors Arthur C. Brooks, Global Civic Leadership Award, and Gabriela Montero, Global Artist Leadership Award, for their commitment to transforming lives and communities in their respective fields. Gabriela Montero's visionary musical interpretations and unique improvisational gift will be on display as she gives an improvised piano performance. Don't miss the auction with fantastic vacation homes in Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and more, as well as exclusive dinner experiences, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and much more.

The Orchestra makes its debut at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany (Photo by: Diego Ramos) The Orchestra makes its debut at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany

All proceeds support The Orchestra of the Americas' Musician Scholarship Program, which provides 80 exceptional musicians from across the Americas full scholarships to participate in a 6-week life-changing orchestra academy.

Eduardo Rios (Peru) performing Barber’s Violin Concerto in Lviv Philharmonic Hall, Ukraine (Photo by: Diego Ramos) Eduardo Rios (Peru) performing Barber’s Violin Concerto in Lviv Philharmonic Hall, Ukraine

Young Professional Committee Members (Photo by: Tony Powell) Young Professional Committee Members
Cecilia Schultz, Arturo Brillembourg, Tsi-Tsi-Ki Felix, Enrique Segura (Photo by: Tony Powell) Cecilia Schultz, Arturo Brillembourg, Tsi-Tsi-Ki Felix, Enrique Segura

The Orchestra of the Americas is a pan-American symphony of top musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing 25+ countries in the Western Hemisphere. The orchestra’s Mission is to empower rising musical leaders to transform lives across the Americas and beyond. With more than 5,000 musicians entering the audition process each year, the 80-member ensemble ranks among the most competitive music platforms in the world. Full scholarships ensure the greatest caliber of artistry possible. The Season Centerpiece is a July & August residence and concert tour hosted each year in different regions of the world.

The International Gala raises funds for The Orchestra of the Americas’ Musician Scholarship Program, which provides 80 exceptional rising musicians from across the Americas underwriting to participate in a life-changing 6-week international residency & concert tour. In July & August 2019, The Orchestra of the Americas leads a coast-to-coast Mexico Tour with artists Gil Shaham (USA), Ingrid Fliter (Argentina), Carlos Miguel Prieto (Mexico), Paolo Bortolomeolli (Chile), and other world-class guests, featuring performances in the country’s top venues including Mexico City’s Palacio Bellas Artes, Guadalajara’s Sala Placido Domingo, and Leon’s Teatro Bicentinario, as well as concerts in Puebla, Boca del Rio, Orizaba, Mexico City, Leon, Guadalajara, Morelia, Querétaro, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosí, & Monterrey.


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88th Annual Georgetown House Tour April 27th

March 24, 2019

Georgetown homes of yesteryear and their gardens of today are celebrated at the annual Georgetown House Tour on April 27, 2019. The House Tour, one of the oldest in the country, is once again co-chaired by Hannah Isles and Kelly Stavish and is sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church on O St. NW in Georgetown. Since its inception in 1931, the Georgetown House Tour has raised several million dollars to support charities that serve those in-need in DC’s Georgetown community and beyond. 

3010 Q St NW (Photo by: georgetownhousetour.com) 3010 Q St NW

“In its 88th year, the Georgetown House Tour has really become a signature St. John’s event that the whole community looks forward to and comes together to support and celebrate,” declared event Co-Chair Hannah Isles. 

If you’re partial to beautiful landscapes, lush gardens and unique architecture, than you won’t want to miss this year’s show from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm in Washington, DC’s most historic neighborhood.  

The self-guided tour features new and remodeled residences representing a variety of architectural styles. This is an excellent opportunity to see how great design impacts our quality of life through creativity, sustainability, and craft.  The tour will feature eight homes, and although no two are alike, the common thread that unites all of them are the beautiful urban landscapes and gardens which surround each house.

“This event brings together dozens of sponsors, hundreds of volunteers, gracious homeowners and a dedicated committee, to raise funds to support the ministries of St. John’s Church and make a meaningful impact in the lives of those that St. John serves,” added Co-Chair Kelly Stavish. 

Tickets for the House Tour include admission to a tea, a panel discussion regarding urban landscapes and entertainment at St. John’s Church.  

Tickets may be purchased in advance online, as well as on the day of the tour at St. John’s Episcopal Church Georgetown, 3240 O Street, NW, Washington, DC.

3000 Q St NW (Photo by: georgetownhousetour.com) 3000 Q St NW

Additional information about the Georgetown House Tour can be found here 

Reverend Gini Gerbasi, Rector at St. John’s Church Georgetown said, “The Georgetown House Tour provides vital funding for St. John’s ministries that support the most vulnerable members of our community. None of this would be possible without the help and support from so many members of our church, our friends and our sponsors.” 

This year’s Platinum sponsor is Long and Foster and TTR Sotheby’s is this year’s Gold sponsor. 

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown was the first Episcopal congregation in Georgetown. Founded in 1796, Francis Scott Key was among the first members and President Thomas Jefferson contributed to the building fund. Located in a Federal-style building, based on a design by William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, St. John’s was opened in 1804 and consecrated in 1809. The foundations, walls, roof and the bell tower are original. Today they are a joy-filled Episcopal Church that likes tradition but isn’t stuffy. All are welcome! 

3327 Dent Place NW (Photo by: georgetownhousetour.com) 3327 Dent Place NW
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3338 Dent Place NW (Photo by: georgetownhousetour.com) 3338 Dent Place NW


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A Band of Sisters & Brothers Strengthen Women's Power

February 26, 2019

A celebration on Capitol Hill of a landmark act that builds women’s economic muscle not only in the USA but everywhere was held on Monday, supported by MARS Incorporated and CARE, the international philanthropic organization.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of Congressional Bipartisan Women's Caucus (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of Congressional Bipartisan Women's Caucus

The legislation was praised by Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Womens Caucus, and former Rep. Ed Royce, an author of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act (WEEE).

President Donald Trump signed the act in January.

Former Rep. Ed Royce, author of legislation to advance women's empowerment (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Former Rep. Ed Royce, author of legislation to advance women's empowerment

“We have a lot of work to do when it comes to women empowerment,’ said Lawrence.  “CARE, your leadership is not going unnoticed.”  She then pledged to fight to make sure that Congress funds the work yet to be done.

In his talk to about 80 Hill staffers and others who were instrumental in pushing the legislation to a positive vote, Royce said that despite the reluctance of Congress to pass anything  “I’m still a little astounded we got this bill through….it takes time to change attitudes.”

Kelly Horton, public affairs at MARS, (left) & Kim Frankovich, vice president of Cocoa Sustainability at MARS Wrigley Confectionery (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Kelly Horton, public affairs at MARS, (left) & Kim Frankovich, vice president of Cocoa Sustainability at MARS Wrigley Confectionery

CARE led the coalition effort to successfully fight for the legislation.

CARE CEO and President Michelle Nunn, in a recent op-ed in the newspaper The Hill, said:

“If you really want to help lift entire communities out of poverty for the long-term, they key is by empowering women and girls.” The WEEE Act does just that, boosting global efforts to support women’s economic advancement.

David Ray, president of CARE Action (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) David Ray, president of CARE Action

“The WEEE Act improves USAID’s programs and activities that focus on women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment globally by expanding access to tools, resources, and skills for women entrepreneurs.

“With this legislation, millions of women will have protections around things like inheritance rights and financial inclusion which is critical for the 1 billion women left out of the global banking system,” said Nunn.

“The WEEE Act is a starting point for broader work that will empower women globally, including improving their access to comprehensive health services and addressing gender-based violence, two issues that hold women back from economic empowerment everywhere.”

 


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