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Alta Classica was founded in 1996 at part of the Washington Heights/Inwood Festival Week. The first concert at the American Academy of Arts and Letters began a program of performances dedicated to the community. According to the 2000 census this community grew by 45 percent and represented 15 percent of the total growth in New York City with an estimated population of 300,000. 80% is Hispanic.
The mission of Alta Classica Inc, which received 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status in 1999, is to promote the music and musicians which represent the underserved cultures in New York City, with a specialization in neglected Hispanic music. Alta Classica seeks Hispanic music lovers to be voluntary Board Members. The rewards are great for those who are able to donate some time and money, in making the presence of incredibly beautiful music available to our fellow music lovers.

Alta Classica also serves several purposes. The first is to promote growth of Arts and Culture in Washington Heights and Inwood. The second is to exist as an organizer for the community and the organizations which are established and are developing in this area. In order to do this, Alta Classica is applying for and receiving funding as well as reaching out and and working with the community to receive more funding. Alta Classica is collaborating and performing with Artists Unite, a grassroots community arts organization in the Bennett Park Concert Series "Hot Nights Cool Sounds".

Sue Razavi, Soprano, and bilingual psychotherapist is the General Director of Alta Classica. Two different free CDs are available to organizations which are interested in a performance or in collaborating with arts.

Alta Classica has twice received funding from NYC Manhattan Community Arts Development Funds, Simone Song Properties www.simonesong.com, Classical Productions, Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corp, a NYC Supplemental Grant, one from the Association of Hispanic Arts JPMorgan Chase Regrant, four from LMCC (The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), one from the Puffin Foundation, one recently from NYSCA, (The New York State Council on the Arts) and one from IBM. Sue Razavi has received one grant from LMCC.

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