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April 5, 2000

Socrates presents concert on April 16:
QuinTango's Greatest Rhythms From the Americas to Europe

On Sunday, April 16, at 7 p.m., at The Lyceum on 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, The Socrates Institute, a non-profit educational organization in Alexandria, will present "QuinTango's Greatest Rhythms From the Americas to Europe," a fantastic musical evening and reception of new and classic tango, to benefit Socrates Institute arts & education exchange programs. QuinTango, a 5-piece professional ensemble that recently appeared at the White House and the Kennedy Center, will be surrounded by the 12-foot mural on display, "Visions of Alexandria: Past, Present, & Future," painted by Alexandria children in an interdisciplinary educational program sponsored by The Socrates Institute. Tickets: $25. For reservations, call 301-423-5250, or email:

Alexandria's Mayor Kerry Donley, State Delegate Brian J. Moran, and Deputy Cultural Attaché of the French Embassy Dominique Malicet are special guest officials for the evening.

This concert and reception welcome a 24-member international delegation from Caen, France, Alexandria's sister city. The delegation consists of French businesspeople, college students, and young members of the International Fencing Federation, in town for 10 days to perform sword and saber demonstrations. (itinerary available upon request) At the same time, fourteen students from Minnie Howard School will travel to Caen April 14-22 with French teacher and local Alexandria-Caen committee member Gregory Jones; they will be housed in French families, and will visit historic sites in Normandy.

In July 2000, ten citizen members from the Alexandria-Caen Exchange Committee will travel to Caen with The Socrates Institute's "Visions of Alexandria..." mural to help celebrate Bastille Day in our French sister city. The mural will be on display at Caen's city hall during the week of the July 14 celebrations. Future exchanges between Caen and Alexandria include Youth Internships and Homestay visits, currently being arranged for students interested in spending a few weeks abroad to perfect language skills and experience the culture of their sister cities and countries.

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