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Music of the Heart

Music of the Heart is a wonderful inspirational film based on the true story of Roberta Guaspari and the East Harlem Violin Program she created.

Roberta (Meryl Streep) leaves the security of her small hometown with her two young sons to become a violin teacher in a tough inner city school.  Despite the lack of proper teaching credentials, her talented and determination inspired hundreds of school children to learn to play the violin.  After ten years of a successful program, the school board cuts her funding and Roberta fights back.

Through a series of events, the movie culminates in a magical concert in Carnegie Hall where world famous violinists (Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman, who participated in the actual concert in 1993, now play themselves in the movie) join the students in a fund raising concert to save the program.

Meryl Streep, who learned the violin for this role, was joined by Angela Bassett, Aidan Quinn, and Gloria Estefan in this extraordinary true story.  Estefan makes her motion picture debut with this movie and also performs the title song.  Wes Craven, best known for his horror films, selected this movie to direct because "I was searching for a project that was a departure from my usual work.  I had been a teacher.  I love classical music and I was an admirer of the Academy Award nominated documentary Small Wonders that told the story of Roberta's program."

Music of the Heart is uplifting positive experience that will make you want to know more about this incredible woman, Roberta Guaspari, who continues to live and work in Harlem.

Music of the Heart

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