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Jun 9, 1999

Fiddlers On The Reef to perform for Stella Maris

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The children of Stella Maris School got a pleasant musical treat this afternoon, from the Fiddlers on the Reef, the chamber group that is performing for it’s seventh year in Belize. Arreini Palacio reports.

The five professional musicians who play for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra of Southern California, are bringing free classical music concerts to the children of Belize. According to Jason Guerrero, House of Culture’s Musical Director, they always find time to play for the students of Stella Maris.

Jason Guerrero, Musical Director, House of Culture

“They may miss other schools and other performances in other areas but they never miss Stella Maris School. They feel that it is very important to have the stimulus for those with impairment. There has been a correlation between classical music and the benefits this music brings in stimulating the brain function of children and I think that is the reason behind why they have never missed a Stella Maris Concert.

To Alex Horvath, who has been visiting Belize with the Chamber since their first performance in 1992, Stella Maris is one of the highlights of their trip.

Alex Horvath, Violinist

“From the beginning when two of us came we played Stella Maris and ever since then the most important school to play is Stella Maris and we will play always.”

And the children always love to listen.

Charles Perez

“It’s beautiful and it impress people because anytime you listen to music it makes you feel good and ting.


“Which one of the instruments you like the best?”

The French horns?it sounds good, It makes your heart pound.”

Alex Horvath

“We do not play down to the children. We do not play Popeye the Sailorman or Mickey Mouse or anything. We play Bach, we play Beethoven, and we also play a rag or two to break things up. We do not play down for the children as a matter of fact we play up to them.”

The playing up and the break from studies were definitely appreciated by the children this afternoon.

Arreini Palacio for News Five.

This year, the Fiddlers on the Reef toured schools in the Stann Creek, Toledo and Cayo Districts as well as San Pedro. Adults can enjoy the ensemble at their concert this Saturday at the House of Culture. Proceeds will go towards the Museum of Belize.

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