The Cornell University Wind Ensemble returns to Costa Rica next month for its fifth performing and outreach tour. The group includes 44 of the university’s best wind and percussion players.
CU Winds will give master classes and workshops at music schools and play concerts in San Isidro de El General Jan. 13, Buenos Aires Jan. 15, and San Vito Jan. 16 before moving on to David Jan. 17 and Panama City Jan 19.
The group will perform a concert in each community at the end of which they will donate instruments to the music school.
A concert at the Teatro Eugene O’Neill in the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 is a benefit for the outreach program of the Asociación Caritativa Canadiense for repairs to at-risk schools in many of these same communities.
Cynthia Johnston Turner, a Canadian and director of the CU Winds, has traveled to Costa Rica on several occasions to consult for the Sistema Nacional Educación Musica. Cornell Winds students help with education of system musicians, perform joint concerts, and join in the mission “to bring artistic and cultural awareness to at-risk populations; to facilitate coexistence and positive relationships consistent with the Costa Rican democracy that is founded on peace, dialogue, exchange of opinions; and to foster social relations to help lower rates of violence and criminality in the country.”
The university is in Ithaca, New York.