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The Multicultural Music Group promotes social justice through music commissions created to depict, to resemble or to illustrate a historical event in a particular culture. On Friday, May 22, 2009, the MMG presented their second event in the 2008-2009 MME VI series at Pregones Theatre in the Bronx. Ray Santos, five time Grammy Award winner and Academy Award Nominee for Best Song in a Motion Picture, presented an original musical composition inspired by the Puerto Rican participation in the Korean Conflict. The presentation was composed of two parts: the panel discussion and the concert presentation of the commissioned work. Filmmaker Noemi Figueroa Soulet, 65th veteran Eugenio Quevedo and Partnership for the homeless representative Zoilo Torre, participated in the panel discussion moderated by Dr. Luis Mojica.

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The concert presentation began with the participation of the MMG Youth Orchestra who delighted the sold out crowd with three selections from their repertoire. This was followed by a short award ceremony in which MMG honored students Eileen Garcia and Ansel Peters, staff members Mauro Satalino and Pete Miranda and board members Winston Brewster and Brian Hodge. A special recognition was made to Gayle Morgan from the Mary Flager Cary Charitable Trust. The concert culminated in a stellar performance by Ray Santos and the MMG Orchestra together with the Bronx Arts Ensemble in the world premiere of the new musical work “The Borinqueneers” by Ray Santos. There was a reception afterwards in which community, students, staff, board members and performers were able to interact and enjoy delicious food and drink. Thank you to everyone involved for making this a successful evening.

This presentation was possible thanks to the support from Union Square Awards, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Bronx Arts Ensemble, Councilwoman Carmen Arroyo and Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell, IV.