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LA PAZ - Alex and Miguel help FANLAP sponsor education

[photo by Judith A. Peterson - Alex and Miguel with two  scholarship students, one of whom is a senior in high school and the other is in her first year of teachers' college.]   

Article by Lynn Coutts

On February 21, Alex DuPue and Miguel de Hoyos, beach boys extraordinarios, enchanted an audience of sophisticated listeners in La Paz who enjoyed the perfect blending of an afternoon at the beach with the pleasure of a musical experience worthy of the finest concert hall.  Many devoted fans were in attendance, but those who had not heard these unusual artists perform were wondering, "A violin, a guitar, what an odd combination!  What can they possibly produce together?"

The question was answered by the first number, the concert opening with "Over the Rainbow," "Over the Rainbow" like you never heard it before, with pots of musical gold at every turn.  It was the perfect announcement of the delights to follow, arrangements so beautiful but also so complex, humorous, and joyful, pleasing the heart and the intellect in equal measure. The eclectic program included most all of the musical genres, classical, jazz, pop, show tunes, rock, all frequently enhanced by the infusion of Latin sounds and rhythms. Alex and Miguel have been classically trained and possess the finest of techniques, and they have the unusual ability of being able to "swing," a quality not usually granted to classical artists.  But Alex can fiddle and Miguel can strum, and together they produce music that is uniquely their own played with great energy and enthusiasm.  Hearing familiar tunes was like hearing them for the first time, the arrangements were so original, so fresh, so imaginative, so completely new. The audience delighted in the classical moments in the jazz and pop numbers and the jazz moments in the classical, with Miguel supporting his partner with intricate harmonies, counterpoint, and rhythms.  The constant surprises were occasionally startling and always savored. 

A gentle breeze came to signal the end of a wonderful afternoon.  Papas and Beer provided the setting and food and drink, with excellent and unobtrusive service, and the performers generously shared their ticket sales with FANLAP, the La Paz charity which feeds the bodies of needy children by providing breakfast and lunches, and their minds through scholarships from eighth grade through university. Almost 10,000 pesos went to FANLAP, which will pay for three students to attend junior high school in school year 2010-2011. FANLAP hopes to sponsor another Alex and Miguel concert in the fall, and it will be eagerly awaited. 

Judith A. Peterson, President
Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C.
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