“Extravaganza de Español”

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Chad Minnich, (401) 456-8395, cminnich@ric.edu
Kristy dosReis, (401) 456-8683, kdosreis@ric.edu
Katherine Major, (401) 456-9546, (202) 486-9161, kmajor@ric.edu

HBS Recycled Orchestra: Elementary Students to Perform
“Extravaganza de Español” Concert at RIC

The collaborative project culminates in a public concert and dialogue with the
“Landfill Harmonic” Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay 


Students in Grades 3-5 at the Rhode Island College Henry Barnard Laboratory School will perform a public concert on instruments they designed on their own and made from recycled materials.


Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

Auditorium in Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College

Cost is $5 per person in advance; $6 at the door. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, January 16.

To purchase:

  • In person through the Box Office at the Auditorium in Roberts Hall (recommended)
  • Online: http://www.ric.edu/boxoffice
  • By phone: (401) 456-8144


Students at the Rhode Island College Henry Barnard Laboratory School have been working to make music out of trash in a collaborative project based on the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Landfill Harmonic.”

Inspired by the film and the corresponding book, “Ada’s Violin: The Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay,” students in Grades 3-5 designed their own instruments from recycled materials and will share their progress with members of the Recycled Orchestra via Skype. This immersive project culminates in the “Extravaganza de Español” concert, which also features plays and songs in Spanish.

“There is a growing body of research that underscores how music engages critical thinking skills essential for academic success,” says President Frank Sánchez of Rhode Island College. “Through this innovative project, students at Henry Barnard Laboratory School are learning music, Spanish, technology education and library arts, in addition to the social and emotional benefits of engaging directly with young musicians from another culture.”

The Henry Barnard Laboratory School was founded in 1898 as one of the first laboratory schools in the United States. In association with RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, we serve as the only laboratory school used for the training of future teachers, educational experimentation, educational research, and professional development. At HBS, students gain a lifelong passion for learning, the confidence to innovate, and the skills to explore and navigate the world with a sense of wonder and curiosity.

Established in 1854, Rhode Island College serves approximately 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Business, the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work. For more information, visit www.ric.edu.