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‘A Healing Music Festival’ Changes Children’s Lives

‘A Healing Music Festival’ Changes Children’s Lives

July 19, 20, 21 at the Collegedale Community Church

By Emily Crisman – 7-18-18

Jaime Jorge knows from experience the positive impact music can have on a child’s life. The native Cuban violinist moved to Chattanooga about 20 years ago, and last year organized the inaugural A Healing Music Festival with the goal of raising money to pay for violin lessons for children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them.

Featuring three concerts over two days, the event raised around $16,000 for Jorge’s Hope Through Music program, which covered the costs of instruments, music books, supplies, lessons, and related activities and outings for 10 students last year.

The second annual event is expanding to feature four concerts over three days — July 19, 20 and 21 — at Collegedale Community Church. Performers include national Christian artists The Isaacs, Legacy 5, and The Freedom Singers, along with local group Message of Mercy. Attendees will also witness some of the results of the money raised through last year’s festival as a few of the kids who have been taking lessons demonstrate a bit of what they’ve accomplished with performances of their own.

“We tried to pick groups that are fairly well-known and will provide a good concert,” said Kim Kimgry, Jorge’s office manager. “I expect for all to be spiritually uplifting.”

Attendees will also get to see a performance from Jorge, who’s no stranger to performing for the benefit of others. In 2013 he started the nonprofit foundation Healing Music, of which Hope Through Music is just one arm. He’s performed more than 200 concerts a year to support mission work in countries all over the world, from Cuba, Nicaragua and Mexico to India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The plan is to expand the Hope Through Music program to reach more children. The first 10 students came to the program through a connection at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, but the program’s teacher has reached out to other organizations, such as Acts of Random Kindness, to recruit new participants for the coming year. All but one of this year’s students are continuing their lessons in the coming year.

For more information, a full concert schedule and tickets to A Healing Music Festival, visit jaimejorge.com/healingmusicfestival.

Email Emily Crisman at ecrisman@timesfreepress.com.

Source:  https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/community/story/2018/jul/18/healing-music-festival-changes-childrens-live/475145/

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