We started a new project to create an amazing “Imagina Centro Cultural” that will allow us to serve more children and offer even more programs in León México. It will provide a great space for the orchestra to practice and perform. We are working very hard organizing our next fund raising event. It will be an Art Auction on April 5th, 2014 in Boca Raton, FL. We hope to see you there.
Imagina Children’s Foundation hosted the “Musical Evening” event on April 24th 2013. It was a delightful evening. We had over 100 people at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Boca Raton, FL. This event was possible thanks to the efforts of our board of directors, volunteers and performers. We want to thank Bob Luptak, President and owner of Steinway Piano Gallery, who made this Musical Evening possible allowing us to use the Gallery and to Andy Lustig for all his help with logistics. Our international guests were Edgar Barroso, our keynote speaker, pianists Anita Fernández and Darco Varga who currently attends Dorothy F. Schmit College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. We had several performances from various students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts and the 3rd. graders quartet from Pine Crest School.
The evening started with a social get together of guests and musical artists enjoying delicious appetizers and wine.
Lulis Camarena welcomed the attendees and gave a presentation about Imagina.
Edgar Barroso delivered an excellent keynote.
Edgar is a PhD candidate in Music Composition at Harvard University and a Harvard horizon scholar. He is a composer and a social entrepreneur and has received multiple international composition awards in the United States, Russia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France and Latin America. He recently composed the soundtrack of a Mexican feature film. As a social entrepreneur he has developed several collaboration programs in Mexico to help communities with social issues such as violence, extreme poverty and lack of education. Edgar strongly believes that music is an ideal agent for social betterment and integration, especially with children. He lives in Switzerland where he is doing research on Music Technology and Trans-disciplinary collaboration for creative purposes at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology in Zurich.
We enjoyed the musical performances by extremely talented artists. The program for the event was:
Darko Varga now 26 years old, has been performing since the age of eleven.
Awards and prizes at piano competitions include: First prize at National Competition of Serbia, Usti nad Labem First prize and Absolute winner prize, “Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial”, “Dr.FerencBodrogvari Award” for exceptional cultural achievement (2004), First prize of Piano Competition EPTA Belgium (Namur).
In 2012, Darko won Concerto and Aria Competition at FAU, performed at George Mason University in Washington D.C, and represented FAU in Bonnet House Museum in Fort Lauderdale and Steinway Gallery in Boca Raton.
Darko is also an avid chamber musician participating in various chamber ensembles. He is and active member of an ensemble for piano and two saxophones “Qualia”.
Darko has worked with prominent musicians from many countries.
He is currently working on his Masters degree as a graduate assistant in piano performance at Florida Atlantic University with Dr. Edward Turgeon.
Darko Varga, piano Chopin Ballade No.4 in F minor.