Cafe PVYSO at Smithsonian African American Museum

CAFE’s PVYSO makes history at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

CAFE invited H.E. Brigadier General (Ret) Anthony W.J. Phillips-Spencer, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the USA, to share in Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra’s, historic performance at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, on Friday, March 23, 2018.

The Orchestra was a guest of Combined Federal Campaign of National Capital Area (CFCNCA) Finale and Awards Ceremony, held at the Oprah Winfrey Theater. Also, in attendance were Mrs. Joan Brammer, Culture and Public Affairs Attaché at the Embassy; Mr. Don Tucker, President of Affordable Housing Development (AHD), one of CAFE’s sponsors; and Mr. Clarence Wallerson, J.D, parent of a CAFE alumna.

The Orchestra, directed by Josanne Frances, (MM, Artistic and Music Director) wowed the audience with a varied genre of musical selections. Ms. Edith Parrish, Associate Director/Campaign Operations Manager for CFCNCA declared, “I was moved to tears when I heard the orchestra’s rendition of ‘Total Praise’”.

Following their performance, CAFE students and family members had the opportunity to tour the iconic museum. It was a great day for education for all in attendance.

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