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    Stockton Selected for One-Time-Only Showing of Music Documentary - Will Launch Harmony Stockton, part of Pacific's Tomorrow Project

    Jun 16, 2011

    Stockton has been picked as one of the cities that will premiere Gustavo Dudamel's "Let the Children Play," a new documentary about the power of music and how playing an instrument can positively impact the lives of children. The movie will be followed by the short-film "Crescendo - Why Music Is Life," a special 20-minute story produced by CNN en Español with Hispanic celebrities offering an in-depth look at the importance of music in children's lives.

    The films will be shown at 7 p.m. on June 23 at the Stockton City Center Stadium 16, 222 N. El Dorado Street in downtown Stockton. Tickets cost $12.50 per person.

    The showing in Stockton connects with the upcoming launch of Harmony Stockton, a daily afterschool music academy for 3rd through 5th grade students at Marshall Elementary. "Let the Children Play" illustrates the growing number of enrichment programs for children around the country - and the world - inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela's visionary and highly successful music program. In El Sistema, originally a social action project, children learn how to sing, play an instrument and gain an appreciation of classical and other music genres. Students also sharpen social and critical-thinking skills, as research has shown that learning to play a musical instrument augments academic performance by developing a range of life skills, from self-discipline and attention to creative problem-solving and working together cooperatively. Harmony Stockton will launch at Marshall Elementary School on July 26 and will run through the school year with 50 to 75 students. It will be operated by the Stockton Symphony, University of the Pacific and Stockton Unified School District with funding from United Way and the Community Foundation of San Joaquin County.

    The Harmony Stockton partnership is part of Pacific's "Tomorrow Project," an umbrella organization for numerous academies, workshops and after-school programs aimed at increasing Stockton's high school graduation rate and college acceptance rate. The Tomorrow Project was launched as part of Pacific's Beyond Our Gates Initiative.

    "DUDAMEL: Let the Children Play" follows Gustavo Dudamel, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as he meets with groups of children from all corners of the world as they explain what music means to them. The film also includes numerous celebrity interviews, including famed opera singer Placido Domingo, composer Quincy Jones, and "Star Wars" composer John Williams.

    The film will play in more than 400 movie theaters nation-wide on Thursday night. Currently, there are no other plans to show the film beyond Thursday night in movie theaters. The film will be streamed using NCM Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network, the same system used to show live concerts and opera performances in movie theaters.

    At the Stockton screening, there also will be a "musical petting zoo" in the lobby of the theater as well as representatives of Harmony Stockton on hand to engage local interest in the project.

    For more information about the film, visit http://www.dudamel.net/.

    For more information about Harmony Stockton, visit http://www.stocktonsymphony.org/communityengagement.aspx.

    For more information about Beyond Our Gates, visit http://www.pacific.edu/Administration/President-Pamela-A-Eibeck/Beyond-Our-Gates.html.