Monday, October 15, 2018

Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra's 2018 Fall Concert: Tribute to Aretha Franklin - "Respect" Oct. 21, 4 PM

David E. Robinson III writes:

Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra's 2018 Fall Concert : Tribute to Aretha Franklin - "Respect"  

Greetings Family, Friends, and Colleagues,

How are you and your family doing?  I am writing to announce that  Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra will hold its Fall Concert on Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4:00 PM at the First Congregational Church Commons located at 125 Ellis St., Atlanta, GA 30303.  Tickets are $15.00 for adult and $10.00 for child.  We are remembering The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin - "RESPECT."  Sinfo-Nia will perform some of her hit selections.  Please come out and enjoy an afternoon of classic soul.  One of my original compositions, "Kingdom Reign" will make its debut.  Inspired by the Panther movie and its Wakanda nation, this is an adventurous, moving, powerful, majestic work.

Sinfo-Nia is still accepting new students after this concert beginning Saturday, October 27th.  We are looking for string players on all levels - beginning, intermediate, and advanced - violin, viola, cello, and double bass.  We are accepting advanced level only wind students (woodwinds, brass, and percussion).  We hold classes on Monday evenings 6:30 PM and Saturday mornings 9 AM at First Congregational Church Commons located at 125 Ellis St., Atlanta, GA 30303.  Parents that are interested in enrolling their children can give us a call at (404) 328-0840.  We will give them information on the schedule, tuition, (including affordable payment plans), performance opportunities, our history and travels, famous people we have performed for and with, and so on.    I have attached a flier/poster to post on bulletin boards.  You may make copies to pass out to people.  Also, You may forward this e-mail to family and friends.  

Please consider making a donation (or monthly donations) to Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra on our webpage.  These donations that go towards Sinfo-Nia's operating expenses such as special equipment (including some instruments), performance trips, and other projects will be converted and credited towards financial aid scholarships for those students wishing to join whose family cannot afford it that come from no- and low-income family households.  They would be required to make both the Saturday morning and Monday evening rehearsals and all of the scheduled performances (everything at a minimum of 90%).   They must have transportation (by parent/guardian) and be able to obtain their uniform items.  They must have a willingness to practice at home on their own regularly.  Last, but not least, they must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade-point average with it improving each semester.

Another international trip is in the planning stages for 2020 - Haiti, Cuba, or Jamaica. 

As many of you, I am planning on retiring after this school-year...retirement from the Dekalb County School System - 36 years, all in the Ronald E. McNair Cluster.

I must share a story of my youngest daughter, Briana.  She and a number of string players traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL to play with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.  They accompanied India Arie, Robin Thicke, Bo Bice, LeAnn Rimes, Tony, Toni, Tone, the Temptations Revue, and others in concert.  One of my former Sinfo-Nia Stephen Lawrence who teaches at North Atlanta High School was a part of that group as well.  I shared this news to my elementary school students and their parents to let them know that these opportunities are a possibility if the students stick with playing their instruments.   

Honorees were recognized for their individual contributions at “The Day of Respect” honoring of unsung heroes by Vizion Dance this past Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Hammond House Museum.   It was truly an honor for me and Alycia to shine among these giants.  I attached the poster that honored us (yes, that's rapper, 50 Cent at the top RH corner and Dr. C.T. Vivian in the middle).  
Mrs. Naomi Barber King will receive distinguished recognition as an "Unsung Shero".  Other honorees include:
W. CALVIN ANDERSON, M.Ed., Founder/CEO, Student Empowerment Program, Inc.
BRENDA M. BERRY, Retired Social Worker, Community Activist
JEWEL L. CRAWFORD, M.D., Physician/Clinical Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
SINDY GUERRERO SCHNEIDER, Founder/President, Dance 411 Studios
KENDALL MINTER, ESQ., Managing Member, Minter & Associates, LLC
ISABELLE DOLL NGCOBO, Co-Founder/Artistic Director, Soweto Street Beat Dance Theater
PETER B. NGCOBO, Founder/Executive Director, Soweto Street Beat Dance Theater
BABS ONABANJO, Ph.D., A. D. King Foundation, Inc.
DAVID & ALYCIA ROBINSON, Founder & General Manager, Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra
HONEY ROCKWELL, CEO, Rockwell Dance Academy
BISHOP AL B. SERMON, Motivational Speaker

Have a wonderfully blessed day.

David E. Robinson III

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