Argentina Tour Diary 2014, Part 1

Argentina Tour Diary 2014, Part 1

Saturday, June 21st

San Francisco to Miami 

At the Miami airport after learning our flight to Montevideo had been canceled.

Our tour manager Steven arranged for an overnight at the Marriott, shuttle service to and from, fresh fruit from the market – we love him and World Projects!





Sunday, June 22nd

We boarded our new plane this morning at 7:15, for an uneventful trip to Uruguay. Everyone slept, lights out on the plane, right after breakfast service.  8 hrs and 42 minutes later, we entered Uruguay.




Lovely small airport in this Capitol city, Montevideo, and a quick customs, luggage collection and scan, then boarded our beautiful bus for the InterCity Hotel, and our welcome dinner together!






Here we are after a long day and a lovely meal full of fresh veggies and chops or pasta. Sleeping well tonight because tomorrow is our first performance – exciting!!!






Monday, June 23rd 

Sightseeing Monday morning in Montevideo…
We had a great tour of the city, had lunch and it poured rain for our walk back to the hotel… now we are stalling for time.
This spot seemed like a must pic! Getting ready now for our first concert tonight.


Great 1st concert last night. Kids sang well, were poised and professional. We were very well received by a warm audience on a rainy Monday evening. Shared concert with two other choirs. Especially good was a men’s chorus from Montevideo, Drakkar, which sang a beautiful Biebl Ave Maria. Our Elgar The Snow rocked! Turns out that the 1st violinist was somebody Martin had worked with before in Jamaica!

Tuesday, June 24th

We are staying in a fabulous hotel in Santa Fe, right on the river – gorgeous! Great group photo op!

Wednesday, June 25th 

On the town square in front of the beautiful governor’s offices in Santa Fe. Today was Flag Day, and all 8 yr old students came to the square and pledged allegiance to the flag and country of Argentina. We were lucky to watch! Then we had a city tour and lunch together while watching the soccer match between Argentina and Nigeria – the streets were empty because everyone was watching the match. When we left, the crowd was thrilled- Argentina was ahead!
We are leaving soon for our workshop with Virginia Bono and her choir.  Big performance tonight at the Municipal Theatre in Sante Fe, and dinner together afterward.

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Farewell Martín Benvenuto!

Farewell Martín Benvenuto!

July 9, 2014
Dear Contra Costa Children’s Chorus choristers and families:

Our Advanced Performing Chorus has just returned from a fantastic tour of Uruguay and Argentina. We’ve had such a memorable trip, excelling in the delivery of our work together, and sharing our music with oh-so-appreciative audiences in awesome venues. We’ve had new and enriching experiences as we became acquainted with another part of the world. These musical and social memories our choristers will cherish for a lifetime.

Saying farewell to you as Artistic Director of the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus brings many thoughts, feelings and newly created memories to the forefront.  But I do so with such confidence in the passion and abilities of your new AD, Andrew Brown. His experience in the children’s choral world, and clear vision for the organization will ensure that the CCCC continues to flourish in the years to come.

I am and will continue to be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this organization, and will certainly remain in
touch in the years to come.



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Announcing the Mazza Scholarship

Announcing the Mazza Scholarship

Mazza Scholarship

SamMazzaLogoWe are so pleased to have received financial support this year from the Sam Mazza Foundation for our scholarship fund!  The foundation funds charitable organizations that improve their communities through the arts, education and direct action.

We were very graciously awarded a grant for the period of Jan – Dec 2014 to provide scholarships for financially qualifying applicants. The grant will support the music/choral education we provide for children who are interested in our music program but unable to afford the tuition.

We also encourage you to spread the word to friends and families of children you may know who can benefit from this assistance. We are very grateful to The Sam Mazza Foundation for awarding this grant, and hope it opens up the opportunity to experience the gift of music for many students.

Application Process: 

  • CCCC SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION -2014-15(1)  Print and fill out all required information, submission instructions are included in the form.
  • Return signed application and all associated materials to CCCC by the application deadline of August 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.
  • All qualifying need-based students will receive partial funding for chorus tuition and SMI fees. Award amounts will vary depending on the number of applications received and funds available.
  • Applicants will be notified of award status by August 15, 2014.
  • Work-study hours are available for choristers who need additional financial assistance beyond the scholarship award.

For questions about the Mazza Scholarship or the application process:

Email Kathy

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