The Special Activities Committee plans and organizes informative events appealing to a cross-section of the Club’s membership. These can include guided tours to museums, art exhibitions and historical buildings as well as other places of interest that showcase Argentina and Latin America in general from a cultural perspective, in particular those linked with the role of women.
Co-hosting a benefit concert by Orquesta de los Barrios, filling the 200 seat auditorium at the Sheraton Hotel, is UWC’s current Special Activities highlight. The youth orchestra under the baton of Maestro Nestor Tedesco earned enthusiastic applause from the public who was left in awe and admiration of these young artists’ skills, determination, and talent.
Earlier highlights include the UWC’s visit to the new CABA City Hall headquarters and a guided tour of the Supreme Court of Justice.
Orquesta de los Barrios
The UWC joined the Fundación Angélica Zapata in organizing an unforgettable evening with an orchestra composed of young musicians who live in underprivileged neighborhoods.
This solidary concert took place in the Sheraton Hotel’s Auditorium on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 18:30 h (6:30 pm). With a sold-out auditorium holding 200+ guests, our aim to raise money for various instrumental needs for these talented, hardworking young people who devote hours of practice, playing symphonic music, took a significant step ahead.
The Orchestra plays under the baton of Maestro Nestor Tedesco, who has a Masters degree in Music from Columbia University and has been a musician with the Teatro Colón orchestra for many years. It is he who brought the young musicians together in this extraordinary project, providing them with the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in an enjoyable, meaningful activity, leading some of them to a musical future, such as playing professionally with the very Orchestra of the Teatro Colón.
We thank all our members who helped “beat the drum,” sell tickets, and attended the concert with their friends and family members.
Here is an adio excerpt of the Orquestra’s performance:
Nacha Guevara’s “Songs I never sang again”
Special Activities organized an evening out to see Nacha Guevara in her latest show “Las canciones que nunca volvi a cantar”. This remarkable woman began her career fifty years ago at the legendary Instituto Di Tella. The humor, passion, stamina, and elegance with which she sang and moved on the stage, particularly remarkable for her age, left us in awe. We had much to discuss while we stood reflecting at the end. Following an intelligent thread, she took us on a trip back to the sixties and seventies, an era of opening up, of changing political and cultural trends around the world. Nacha’s brilliant, self-assertive but humble presence gave us a high dose of optimism in terms of what women -and men- can achieve when they really want something. Happy and hopeful, we returned to our daily lives
Visit to the Supreme Court of Justice
Through the good offices of our Vice President, Monica Plou, and as part of our Special Activities program organized by Elena Catena, UWC members were invited by Elena Highton de Nolasco, Vice President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina, to visit the premises of the Supreme Court.
Justice Highton is the first woman to be sworn in as a Justice on Argentina’s Supreme Court under a democratically elected government. She is also widely regarded as a champion of women’s rights issues throughout the region, promoting access to justice for women, and has headed a commission on domestic violence.
The visit was a unique opportunity for members and guests to meet this distinguished Supreme Court Justice in person, to learn more about the inside workings of the Supreme Court and appreciate from close up the stunning beauty of the emblematic Palacio de Justicia. Some 38 members of the UWC and their guests attended this tour, pictured here with Justice Highton center.