08. December 2010 · Comments Off on Classical Music Is Helpful Even Now · Categories: Read Online

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The federal government now helps to fund Gonzalez’s orchestra program, run at a series of schools and community centres, although for years she relied solely on charity. Gonzalez said she was motivated to start the orchestras when she realized nothing was being done to help the city’s impoverished children. Most charities were focused on coaxing teens out of gangs and into jobs and better lives.

Drawing on her own experience as an alcoholic at 14 and then later a heroin addict, she began working at churches and charities after her recovery from drugs at 35. A music lover, Gonzalez realized Ciudad Juarez was full of musicians who could help — many came from across Mexico and even Eastern Europe to the city when it attracted U.S. tourists in the 1990s.

More than 70 children will take part in a Christmas concert at a local church on Dec. 19, playing music composed by Bach, Handel and Mozart.


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