Musicale 2017

Casita Choir

Musicale 2017

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In Support of the Gaetana Enders Music Program at
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education 

The Gaetana Enders Music Program

Thanks to the vision and generosity of the late Gaetana Enders, Casita Maria’s Music Program was launched in 2010 to bring high quality music education to hundreds of children in the South Bronx. Today, over 250 children receive daily instruction in general music, violin, piano, voice and musical theater wherein they are taught the skills and dedication of the form, while enriching their lives with the joy of music.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

6 to 8 PM


The River Club

447 East 52nd Street
New York City


Special performance by Marcelo Guzzo, baritone

And Students of The Gaetana Enders Music Program


(212) 271-4283
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Our Mission

To empower youth and their families by creating a culture of learning through high quality social, cultural, and educational opportunities.


Marcelo Guzzo

Marcelo Guzzo

Musicale 2017 Performer

Uruguayan Baritone Marcelo Guzzo is consid- ered one of the most prominent singers of his generation. The New York Times praised him as “strong and charming” and “idealistic.” He has performed under the baton of Placido Domingo with Andrea Bocelli, as well as Gustavo Dudamel in Wagner’s Tannhauser. He also lead the National USA Tour of the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center production of South Pacific in the role of Emile De Becque. He made his debut at Walt Disney Hall LA in the new opera Oh my son. His sang his first National Broadcast on WQXR with the New York City Opera for the world premiere of De Deo by Prestini. Guzzo attended the Mannes College of Music in New York where he sang the title roles of Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. He studied at the Schools of the Arts in the College of Charleston, singing at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He also graduated from the National Lyric Arts School in Uruguay where he was declared the “Best Uruguayan Lyric Voice” at the Giuseppe Verdi International Singing Competition (2001). He has performed in numerous concerts and recitals throughout the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Israel and Uruguay.


Gaetana Enders, 1932-2014
The Gaetana Enders Music Program

Gaetana EndersGaetana Enders was a journalist, philanthropist and a passionate advocate for the arts and education. She was born in Tangier, Morocco. In 1955, she married Thomas Ostrom Enders, who went on to become a career diplomat and Ambassador. Mrs. Enders worked to facilitate humanitarian and cultural relations in their international posts including Sweden, Yugoslavia, Cambodia, and elsewhere. During her husband’s post in Cambodia, she established refugee camps and subsequently served on President Gerald Ford’s panels supervising the settlement of Indochinese refugees. In 1986, Mrs. Enders became a journalist. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education from 2007 until her death in 2014. In 2010, she founded the Casita Maria Music Program. She served on the Boards of the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Salzburg Festival Society and the Thomas Enders Endowment of ACSUS. She was a Dama di Commenda of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus of Savoy Orders and a Dame of Magisterial Grace in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. She has been honored with the medal of the Americas Society, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the James Parks Morton Award, among other awards. Thanks to Enders’ vision, Casita Maria’s annual spring Musicale was established in 2011 to celebrate and support our ever growing music program.


Honorary Chair, Musicale

Anabelle Mariaca

Co-Chairs, Musicale Committee 

Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio
Esmeralda Pedroni Spinola
Elise Thoron
Isabel Tonelli
Maria Celis Wirth


Musicale Committee

Nancy Barry
Joseph Bartning
Mario Buccellati, II
Teresa Bulgheroni
Elaine Delgado
Tom Enders, Jr.
Julian Fifer
Stephen And Amandine Freidheim
Edward P. Gallagher
William Haseltine and Maria Eugenia
Violy Mccausland-Sève
Sergio Orozco
Carolina Simonian
Fra’nicola Tegoni


Board Chairman

Jacqueline Weld Drake
Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education

Executive Director

Haydee Morales
Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education