Pianist/composer to receive Academy's Leader of Conscience Award
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its Leaders of Conscience Speaker Series, the Academy of the Sacred Heart will feature international award-winning pianist and composer Marina Arsenijevic, star of the Emmy-nominated PBS program, "Marina at West Point." She will be performing her "Unity through Diversity" concert at 7 p.m. April 14 in the historic Chapel on the school's Bloomfield Hills campus. Ms. Arsenijevic will also 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. Her message of hope and optimism has been delivered through her music worldwide.
"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 Ms. Arsenijevic, who is now an American citizen, and has been broadcast on Public Television to more than 60 million households nationwide. Music critics have described the show as one "that will get you to stand up and cheer for America with a renewed passion for your heritage." Her style has been lauded as "unique to the ears, yet very familiar to the soul."
Tickets are $35 for general admission, $50 for reserved seating in the main chapel, and $100 for patrons who are invited to a private reception for Ms. Arsenijevic and afterglow following the concert. Seats are limited. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Academy's After School Learning Center, a 20-year partnership providing academic tutoring and enrichment opportunities to underserved students in Pontiac and neighboring communities.
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.
"The Leaders of Conscience Speaker Series provides an opportunity for both our students and our greater community to expand our awareness of social values and impel us to action," said Sr. Bridget Bearss, Head of School of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. "Our awardees reinforce the mission of the Academy in preparing a new generation of leaders of conscience, creative thinkers, ethical problem solvers and those prepared to lead without hesitation in any walk of life."
For more information, or to order tickets, visit www.ashmi.org/leaders or call 248-646-8900, ext. 170. The Academy of the Sacred Heart is located at 1250 Kensington Road in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Hour Detroit is the event's media sponsor. To learn more about Ms. Arsenijevic, please visit www.marinainamerica.com.
The Academy of the Sacred Heart is the oldest independent school in Michigan, celebrating its 160th year serving metropolitan Detroit. Founded in 1851 in downtown Detroit, the Academy moved to its 44-acre campus in Bloomfield Hills in 1958. It is a Catholic, college-preparatory school for young women from infancy through Grade 12 and for boys from infancy through Grade 8 of many cultures and faiths. The Academy is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which includes 21 schools in the U.S. and affiliation with the Society of the Sacred Heart in 44 countries around the world.
SOURCE Academy of the Sacred Heart