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Benefit Concert for Casa Hogar Mexiquito

By YaYa Silva

“It always seems impossible, until it is done,” Nelson Mandela is quoted as having said. There are always those who make good things happen despite the difficulties that arise. They are the dreamers, the romantics, and the idealists who generously devote their lives to making the world a better place. In San Miguel, there are many projects and individuals that support a variety of worthwhile causes. One of the oldest is the Casa Hogar Mexiquito orphanage for boys, founded in 1967 by the noted Mexican actor, tenor, and priest Fray José de Guadalupe Mojica. Also known as Casa Hogar, it is run by the Madres who over the years have dedicated their lives to the care of the twenty-nine orphans living there, providing them with the basic necessities for a wholesome life. A number of volunteers also have donated time and resources to improve the conditions at Casa Hogar.

Concert

By Shane Gibson “El Juan”; The Blues Brothers, Tom Driscoll and Dave Bingham; Susan Varcoe; and Almitri Tzigane

Benefit Concert for Casa Hogar Mexiquito
Thu, Mar 23, 7pm
Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
200 pesos
Tickets available Teatro Santa Ana, Reloj 50A

Among Casa Hogar’s more noteworthy projects is the initiative of Pro Musica’s president, Michael Pearl who, in addition to his hard work in bringing to San Miguel some of the finest performers of classical music from around the world, has also been involved in teaching music appreciation in the community, with a focus on boys and teenagers. One such project that has enjoyed continued success in spite of difficulties is the Casa Hogar music education program, which teaches the basics of music appreciation and interpretation on violin to a group of these children. The program has been built up little by little, with the enthusiastic support of the teachers and especially the Madres, providing the boys with the opportunity to develop a taste for music and express them through a musical instrument.

Shane Gibson, aka El Juan, a musician, poet, and dreamer who divides his time between San Miguel, Victoria, and Los Angeles, also shares this dream with many of the volunteers who support Casa Hogar. He wants to do his part to improve the program, so that in addition to the violin, the boys can also learn guitar and piano, as some of them have requested. With that goal in mind, last year he and Tom Driscoll launched a series of lively and successful concerts in support of the program. Gibson and Driscoll sing, play the guitars, and have a good time with invited musical guests. At Santa Ana Theater, Driscoll will be sharing the stage with Susan Varcoe, Almitri Tzigane, and Blues Brothers Driscoll and David Bingham, and there will be a short performance by the boys of the Casa Hogar program, a musical evening of gypsy jazz, jazz classics, Americana, and a touch of blues. Come to the show, support a good cause, and have a good time!

Tickets available at Teatro Santa Ana, 200 pesos.

 

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