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From voodoo to Holy Trinity:
Haitian classical music
A collaboration between Crossing Borders and the Colorado Haiti Project June 14
DENVER, Colo. — The European classical tradition, Haitian folklore — including voodoo — and themes of exile will come together in a unique and colorful musical mélange when the Chicago-based Crossing Borders Music Collective performs in Denver June 14 in support of the Colorado Haiti Project.
“Haiti captures the minds and hearts of all who visit. But for most of us, traveling to this country so filled with vibrant sounds and colors is out of the question,” says Alison Rakotonirina, executive director of the Colorado Haiti Project. “Hearing this music, you’ll fall in love with Haiti, her people and her music.”
“Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music” will begin with German-Haitian composer Werner Jaegerhuber’s “Suite Folklorique,” a unique blend of German classical and folk music associated with various voodoo deities. Quartets by Haitian-born composers Claude Dauphin and Rudy Perrault explore the theme of exile from the homeland. There also will be works excerpted from the new documentary “Kenbe La” (“Hold On”), and also by students and teachers of the Holy Trinity School in Port-au-Prince.
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Colorado Haiti Project
The Colorado Haiti Project works in partnership with the special community of Petit Trou de Nippes in rural Haiti. Our overall mission is focused on supporting their rise out of extreme poverty. We accomplish this mission through several programs, including an award-winning school, agronomy and vocational programs, and the development of community water, infrastructure, sanitation and health (WISH). Over the years, we have invested in this community's future. Some of our most successful projects have included the building of 12 safe water wells. Previously, a family's children were often tasked with walking miles and miles to carry home gallons of water from local ground sources, which were often vectors for preventable diseases like cholera. Our school educates hundreds of children from pre-school through middle school, and our scholarship programs send promising students on for further education in Port-au-Prince, so that they can return to their communities with technical vocations or as teachers. We believe that sustainable development is a partnership, and we couldn't be more proud of what we've helped this amazing community to build over the past 25 years. Most importantly, we can't wait to see where these developments take this community, and it's children, in the next twenty-five.