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      December 8, 2012

      Saturday   8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

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      Music for the Millennium: Mariachi Musica y Mas!

      Music for the MillenniuM Mariachi Musica y Más! Mariachi Ambassadors Sol de México de José Hernández LIVE in concert! An unprecedented musical gala to benefit the diverse educational programs of the Media Center for Art, Education {e_description}amp; Technology (MCAET),including the Millennium Charter High School in Salinas. Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. At the Steinbeck Institute of Arts and Culture at Sherwood Hall 940 N. Main Street, Salinas Tickets from $50 ~ $100 Tickets at: Sponsorship Packages Available at (831) 383-9681 Featuring the world-renowned Mariachi Ambassadors Sol de México de José Hernández LIVE in concert,Music for the Millennium, celebrates our multi-cultural heritage in an evening of exceptional music. A special feature of the event will be the special appearances of youth musicians from Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL)and Guitars Not Guns. For sponsors, this gala event also includes a black-tie (optional) dinner, VIP reception, and a post-performance, private gathering with the musicians. About the Performers: Mariachi Ambassadors Sol de México de José Hernández, founded by Jose Hernandez in 1981, was created to reflect the vision of an inspiring, artistic mariachi ensemble. As true representatives of a treasured cultural heritage, Sol de México are a cohesive, dynamic team who perform as the nation's premier Mariachi. The 14-member group exemplifies the passion of the mariachi, exuding the joyful music, rich complex culture, and romance of the land and its people. Mariachi Ambassadors Sol de México offers traditional mariachi sounds embellished with fresh contemporary passion and powerful new rhythms. For more information and to listen to the music of Mariachi Ambassadors Sol de México de José Hernández, please visit their website at Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL) The Mission of YOSAL is to transform the lives of our youth and our communities through inspiration, discipline and performance of classical ensemble music. The organization's Vision is to expand YOSAL's program throughout the greater Salinas Valley, the Monterey Peninsula and beyond, with the primary goals to: - To give young people hope for the future regardless of their circumstances. - To provide musical instruments and music instruction at no cost. - To work with local school boards and social organizations to reach the maximum number of children. Eventually YOSAL will have a system of quality youth orchestras making music throughout the Central Coast. The hard work these children put in and the love they develop for music will open many doors for their future. "Music has to be an agent of social development in the highest sense because it transmits the highest values---solidarity, harmony, mutual has the ability to unite an entire community." Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, Founder, El Sistema Venezuela Guitars Not Guns "Changing the World, One Kid at a Time" The goal of Guitars Not Guns is to help prevent violence in schools and on the streets by providing foster kids and at-risk youth with focus and self-actualization. The primary goal is to empower them with the most fundamental tool to succeed: "Believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything." Using music as a catalyst, Guitars Not Guns, encourages children and teens to use their creativity to foster personal development and to help divert them from self-destructive influences such as drugs, alcohol and gang-related activities. By providing free guitars and lessons we hope to engage their creative potential and help them achieve their dreams. Programs are for children and teens ages 8 - 18 using low teacher-to-student ratios. Each class consists of a maximum of 10 students with three adult instructors. In addition to learning how to master changing from one chord to another, children learn perseverance, discipline and self-esteem. More importantly, the kids learn to enjoy the interaction and have fun in a group setting. Those who complete the full 8 week program are allowed to keep the guitar and are encouraged to return for Level 2 Note: GNG is not anti-gun. We are anti-gun violence. "Music can heal. It can do more than ease the pain. It can throw a lifeline to kids who can't be reached in any other way." Paul McCartney About the MCAET Foundation The MCAET Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Media Center for Art, Education and Technology (MCAET) and assists in maintaining financial viability for its programs, including the Millennium Charter High School. The Foundation's primary efforts are to help raise community awareness and the necessary funds to improve and expand MCAET programs. MCAET, a program of the Monterey County Office of Education, and a partner of the Millennium Charter High School, offers a rich and diverse suite of programs that provide youth with the skills and education alternatives that they need to make positive choices about their lives. The programs enhance critical thinking, creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and leadership. MCAET's focus on both traditional and emerging media platforms ensures that all students, teachers, and families have equal access to the benefits and the programs; thus, providing them with the pathways to college and choices for academic success. The MCOE is dedicated to serving all the students of Monterey County. Millennium Charter High School The Millennium Charter High School (MCHS), is an innovative new school offering intensive training in the arts, digital media technologies, and 21st century skills while maintaining a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Based in Salinas, and open to all Monterey County high school students, the MCHS will provide a high-quality education for FREE! More importantly, the MCHS will function as a total learning environment that will respond to a range of learning styles and inspires a love of lifelong learning. Opening to Freshmen and Sophomores in Fall 2013, we invite you to join us in this exciting project. For more information about the MCHS, please visit the website at

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