Couple work to foster appreciation of art – press enterprise
Don and Luciana Marabella are fans of the performing arts and want to make sure the young people of the San Jacinto Valley learn enough to share the same appreciation as them. The Hemet couple founded The Performing Arts Guild Alliance as a non-profit association in 2009 to educate local school children about culture.
Part of the group’s mission is to foster the innovative and creative hearts and minds of students in light of the funding challenges that limit the artistic offer in many school settings.
“We share our passion with today’s teachers,” said Don Marabella. “With the help of our donors and sponsors, we create programs that nurture the expressive nature of students, inspire them to make positive choices, and help them grow into conscientious, sensitive and culturally aware adults.”
He has been an investor in Hemet since 1986 and in 1999 formed Marabella Farms, a member of Sunkist Growers. Now he wants to invest in the youth of the valley.
The Marabellas’ interest in the performing arts comes from Luciana’s family. Her father was a violinist in Venice, Italy, where she is from, and her brother was a concert pianist. Luciana Marabella was a member of a theater troupe that traveled throughout Western Europe.
Don Marabella was born and raised in Riverside among its citrus groves. He said he had gained an appreciation for the classical arts through annual trips with his wife to Europe.
“On my first trip to Italy, my wife and I were lucky enough to be invited to hear, for the very first time, the music of Antonio Vivaldi from manuscripts lost for over 200 years”, a- he declared. “I sat in a palace on the Grand Canal in Venice with frescoes on the ceiling and tapestries on the walls. How lucky I am to have met and married my wife. Without it, none of this would be possible. “
The guild collaborates with the Chapman University Conservatory of Music, the Orange County Pacific Symphony, the Riverside County Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Ballet and the College of the Arts at California State University, Fullerton to provide cultural experiences for young people. of the region.
“We brought an opera produced by Chapman University for the children of Orange County to approximately 1,000 middle school students at Hemet and San Jacinto schools,” Don Marabella said.
Musicians from the Los Angeles and Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestras were heard by 800 local students and more than 100 were taken to Riverside for a symphony performance. The guild pays for tickets and transportation for 60 valley youth to see Los Angeles Ballet’s productions of “Giselle” and “The Nutcracker” at Royce Hall at UCLA.
The guild is also working with the Mt. San Jacinto College to build a performing arts center to host all the operas, symphonies and ballets that are about to come to the area as soon as a suitable venue for this type of cultural entertainment. will be available.
“The time has come for Hemet to fulfill her destiny and become the first class community that she once was,” said Don Marabella. “The guild cannot fix everything that needs to be done; However, we can do our part to make our schools the best they can be.
A recent fundraiser at Marabella Farms brought in over $ 10,000 which will be used to bring an opera to Hemet High School and to perform other guild programs throughout the school year.
For more information about the guild, call 951-927-0395.
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