Kithara Project is a collective of internationally acclaimed classical guitarists with the mission of promoting widespread and equitable access to the guitar worldwide. The guitar is unique in its ability to appeal to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Kithara Project currently maintains two long term classical guitar education programs: one in a community center serving a low-income housing development near Boston and the other in a self-governing community in southeast Mexico city. A third program in Albuquerque, NM is scheduled for launch in January 2018.
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Why the Guitar?
The guitar is arguably the most popular instrument in the world. It is versatile, portable, accessible, intimate, and eminently lovable, reaching across socioeconomic and other societal fault lines to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. It might also be said that no instrument provides so poetic a metaphor for shared histories and cultural fluidity. The ancient Greek kithara, which inspired this organization's name, was a prototypical plucked instrument, "ancestors" of which can today be found nearly anywhere in the world. It is from kithara that we get the Latin cithara and, of course, the chitarra, guitarra, and guitar we know and love today. In all probability, the word kithara comes down to us from the Persian setar, which translates literally to "three strings" and which describes an old plucked instrument often heard in the folk music of Iran and Central Asia. Setar is also the etymological root of the the Indian sitar and the Central European zither, to name just two. Down to the very name then, the guitar, as an instrument of diplomacy and education alike, taps into a powerful wellspring of common heritage.
Check out our students in Boston sharing their artistic visions! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDOwvDnIycY
I got to visit the Kithara Project students in Alston on Monday. Here's a collage of them answering the question "What is your artistic vision for the next 3 years?" If you like and share this, on both Facebook and YouTube, you'll be helping us s...
Last night we have a great concert with our students from Yugüelito!
Today our students from Yugüelito will participate in the First Children Guitar Ensamble Festival organized for the #FacultadDeMúsica of #UNAM 20:30 Sala de Ensayos
After our interview in #RadioUNAM with the UNAM Young Guitar Orchestra
Our interview in #RadioUNAM #JocusPocus!
None of our work would be possible without you, our supporters. Thank you!
Kithara Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Donations may be made through our secure online form below, or by mailing a check, payable to Kithara Project, to the following address:
Kithara Project, Inc.
P.O Box 171583
Boston, MA 02117