Next week, Hopkins Public Schools is hosting 42 musicians from Costa Rica who are part of Banda CEDES Don Bosco, one of the premiere marching and concert ensembles in Central America. La Banda CEDES Don Bosco will be performing a variety of traditional concert band and Costa Rican music.
On Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Banda CEDES Don Bosco will perform at Hopkins High School. The Hopkins High School Wind Ensemble will join the band to perform several pieces.. A brief reception will be held in the Hopkins High school commons after the concert.
The unique experience was the vision of Hopkins High School Director of Bands, Nora Tycast. In exchange, Banda CEDES Don Bosco will host Hopkins musicians when they travel in April.
" Alison Swiggum [the orchestra director for Hopkins] and I are both parents of Hopkins Juntos Spanish Immersion students and love the potential for a Spanish language and music partnership that could continue to grow over many years,” said Tycast.
The musicians arrive in Minnesota on Friday, January 26 and will be staying with Hopkins families who have children enrolled in the Juntos Spanish immersion program. During their week in Hopkins, Banda CEDES Don Bosco musicians will be visiting the schools in Hopkins that have Spanish Immersion programming and will perform micro concerts for students. They will also visit several music and art destinations throughout the Minneapolis metro area during their week-long stay.
The Banda CEDES Don Bosco visit is one of several partnerships organized by the Hopkins High School Music Department. In preparation for the upcoming Pops concert, the Hopkins band is partnering with six different dance artists from across the Twin Cities including Rush Benson and Susana di Palma from the Cowles Center for Dance, Taiko Arts Midwest, Capoeira Minnesota, and the Flip Side Trio. The February Spotlight Orchestra will feature local musician Ashley Debose.