SOURCE: Academy of the Sacred Heart

Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, A Window to the World

March 17, 2011 13:35 ET

Academy of the Sacred Heart Students to Welcome Marina Arsenijevic on March 29

Pianist/Composer to Perform Exclusive Student Event in Advance of April 14 Concert and Leaders of Conscience Award Presentation

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) -  

  • Peace activist and pianist to expand "Window the World" for Academy of the Sacred Heart students
  • Message highlights the pride of being an American and the strength to be found in diversity; complements commitment to inclusion inherent in Sacred Heart education.
  • Teaching students to respect and cherish diverse opinions in a culture of political conflict.

International award-winning pianist and composer Marina Arsenijevic will hold an exclusive presentation and performance for Academy of the Sacred Heart students (Grades 5-12) on March 29. Arsenijevic is appearing in advance of a performance of her "Unity through Diversity" concert at 7 p.m. April 14 in the school's Chapel. That evening, she will receive the Academy's Leader of Conscience Award for 2011 for her courage and endless work uniting diverse cultures amid the conflict, ethnic strife and violence that once embroiled the Balkans. 

WHO: Marina Arsenijevic is the star of the Emmy-nominated PBS program, "Marina at West Point," which has been broadcast to more than 60 million households nationwide. Born in Yugoslavia, she has a superstar reputation in Eastern and Central Europe, and her message of hope and optimism has been delivered through her music worldwide. To learn more about Arsenijevic, please visit http://www.marinainamerica.com/.
   
WHAT: Portions of Arsenijevic's "Unity through Diversity" concert will be performed for the students, interspersed with the artist's commentary on her music and unique life experiences. "Unity through Diversity" is a patriotic celebration of America's great strength through its diversity, presented as a musical journey of cultural rhythms and patriotic melodies in a crossover, pop style. The concert was created and composed by Arsenijevic in celebration of her recent status as an American citizen.
   
  The Academy's Upper School choir, numbering 14 students, will accompany Arsenijevic at both events, performing two of Arsenijevic's own arrangements.
   
WHERE: Academy of the Sacred Heart Auditorium
  1250 Kensington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-3029
  Media I.D. required upon entry
   
WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
  9:15-9:45 a.m. -- Media Briefing - Parlor
  Interviews with Marina Arsenijevic. Please call Andrea Clark at 313-549-1535 or Nicole Pielecha at 248-646-8900 ext. 406 for special media interview requests.
   
  10-11:30 a.m. -- Performance and presentation by Marina Arsenijevic for Academy of the Sacred Heart students in Grades 5-12.
   
  11:30 a.m. - Noon -- Media Briefing - Parlor
  Interviews with Marina Arsenijevic. Please call Andrea Clark at 313-549-1535 or Nicole Pielecha at 248-646-8900 ext. 406 for special media interview requests.
   
  For more information on the April 14 concert, please visit www.ashmi.org/leaders.
   
WHY: The Leaders of Conscience Speaker Series aims to provide ethical guidance and real-life testimonials from internationally-known personalities whose lives and works inspire students and the larger community with messages of hope and optimism. Past recipients of the Leaders of Conscience award include Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Cokie Roberts, legendary coach and author Lou Holtz and hockey great Steve Yzerman.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Andrea Clark
    Communications Director
    313-549-1535 cell
    Email Contact

    Nicole Pielecha
    Communications Coordinator
    248-646-8900, ext. 406
    Email Contact