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Santiago, (Chile) -- UNIV 2005: Projecting culture ---the language of music

Araucaria Residence and Cultural Center was the site of the national phase of UNIV 2005 Congress, which took place on November 6 and 7, 2004.

The work sessions consisted in the presentation of reports prepared by students. These alternated with musical presentations and two round-table discussions entitled “Culture and Music” and “Music and Identity.” Among the participants were Fernando Rozas, president of the Beethoven Foundation and director of the Foundation for Children’s Orchestras; Carmen Luisa Letelier, member of the Academy of Fine Arts and professor at the School of Music in the University of Chile; Waldemar Sommer, art critic for the newspaper El Mercurio and a professor at the University of the Andes; and Juan Antonio Muñoz, a music critic.

An award was given to the project “Ventana a la musica” (Window on music), an internet site which, for the purpose of encouraging values and virtues, puts music within the reach of all, spreading the words of songs with constructive lyrics, positive life stories, scores that can be shared with friends, a forum for rankings, etc. “Window on music” enables people to search for lyrics according to topics such as peace, hope, love, generosity, solidarity, life, friendship….

The women’s singing group Allegro Andante presented its experiences in providing choral music. Allegro andante brings together women of various ages, occupations and walks of life, who share the ideal of developing music as a service to those in need. During the year they visit hospitals, children’s homes and homes for the aged, seeking to bring with them the joy of their performances and thus help alleviate suffering.

Romana, No. 39, July-December 2004, p. 258-259.