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Holiday flashback: Barrels to Beethoven event held in Wilkinsburg

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sofia Pugliano plays the steelpan, center, along with brothers Zosha Nowe, left, and Ziah Nowe, rightPennsylvania, USA - On the heels of a successful holiday party last month, Barrels to Beethoven — an organization co-founded by Leigh Solomon Pugliano and her husband, David Pugliano, that focuses on the preservation, education and innovation of the steelpan — is launching a new initiative: the Wilkinsburg Youth Steel Orchestra.

Fundraising currently is underway for this new orchestra, which was developed to provide a comprehensive steelpan music program for children living in Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities. The program will train a class of young people to be better musicians, creatives, collaborators and citizens by using a contextually underappreciated instrument and narrative.

The program will also follow the traditional steelpan culture in the Caribbean that allows young people to develop as musicians through performance ensembles as a means to preserve art and culture and build a sense of community.

....“The steelpan has had such a positive impact on my life and the lives of so of many youth around the world,” said Ms. Pugliano.

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Follow the traditional culture in Trinidad and Tobago - I like.

To Keep the Steelpan music alive we have  to Teach the Children the Art of playing the Instrument!!!


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