Reaching Out: Service and Radio Shows in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

Synthesis is continuing its tour in the Caribbean with Latin Grammy nominee Néster Torres. After a performance in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, the group traveled to the Dominican Republic. Once there, they were joined by Pavel Núñez, a well-known local vocalist, for two performances in Santo Domingo.

Synthesis had various opportunities to serve this week. Group members traveled to the Food Bank of Puerto Rico, where they helped the storage crew organize and count inventory, review product expiration dates, and organize merchandise to be donated to the local population. The group also held a service performance at La Victoria National Penitentiary in Santo Domingo. Six members from the tour were selected to perform for an audience of 300 inmates, sharing selections from their tour program.

Members of Synthesis and students from the National Music Conservatory in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, learn together from director Javier Vargas in an afternoon music clinic.

In Santo Domingo, members of Synthesis held a radio interview at ZOL 106.5 FM on the show “El Mismo Golpe con Jochy” where they were interviewed by the hosts of the show and performed for the listeners. The next day, they were invited to a second radio interview on the show “El Sol de la Mañana,” and they performed other pieces from their repertoire. Later that evening Synthesis traveled to the Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo and participated in a music workshop on Caribbean rhythms and style in jazz music. They were directed by well-known jazz artist Javier Vargas.

Throughout the week, Synthesis members visited a number of beautiful places, including Bayahibe Beach, the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple, and Alcázar de Colón, the former royal home of the governor of the West Indies in the Spanish territories.

BYU students participate in a class with Dominican percussionist Edis Sánchez at the National Music Conservatory in Santo Domingo.

Following their performance at La Victoria National Penitentiary in Santo Domingo, members of Synthesis pass out hygiene kits to inmates as a gesture of humanitarian support.