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World-Class brass music for the deaf– and the rest of us!

By Robin Loving Rowland

Music belongs to all people, and all people have the right to participate in music – including the deaf. Humans not only hear with their ears, but also with their bodies, through the vibrations of music. That’s why it’s especially exciting when a world-class brass ensemble hits a world-class city with a world-class concert to benefit the deaf. Musica Para Todas will be performed by Metales M5 in San Miguel November 23 at 7pm at Teatro Ángela Peralta, and tickets are selling fast. At this concert they will be presenting the world premier of Spheres, a musical composition by San Miguel’s own Ken Bichel.

Concert to Support Deaf School
With Metales M5
Sat, Nov 23, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Mesones at Hernández Macías
100/300 pesos

“I found M5’s mix of quality music and innovative performance to be unique and engaging,” said Javier Álvarez Fuentes, a Grammy-nominated composer.

“This group of five very fine musicians have established themselves as the finest active brass ensemble in all of Mexico,” said Fred Mills, former member of the Fred Mills Former Canadian Brass.

“M5 brought laughter and smiles from the audience, listening to a brass quintet with such a wide range of sounds that it sounded like a complete orchestra … M5 again showed the enormous possibilities of their sound variety …,” described La Jornada Aguascalientes.

At Escuela de Educación Especial, San Miguel’s only school for deaf, students aged three to 31 receive a public school education from kinder through primary, and adult courses, as well as life and job-training skills. Extracurricular social activities help the students to become self-assured, self-reliant citizens, and music appreciation is part of that, as is giving back, for the students volunteer at So Others May Eat, a program for under-privileged older citizens.

Vocational educational training programs are currently being developed in conjunction with local agencies and businesses. These programs will help train young adult and adolescent deaf students in many different areas, including computers, arts and crafts, sewing, metal and glasswork and cooking. Opportunities for social growth and development also will also be offered, including musical opportunities. The school is being recognized and supported by the San Miguel Community Foundation, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; as well as local, Canadian Rotary Clubs and US.

If you have not already purchased your tickets for the Metales M5 Mexican Brass Concert, don’t wait. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the school and its deaf students. Tickets are available for 100 – 300 pesos at Teatro Angela Peralta, both Solutions locations, and La Conexion at Aldama 3.

For more information about the school, please visit To learn more about Metales M5 Mexican Brass, go to For more information about the concert and tickets, contact John Doherty at


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