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December 14, 2010
  • National Choir performances
  • Tobacco and Rum
  • Dream Project and JetBlue working together
  • Casa de Campo joins LHW
National Choir performances
The National Choir is holding its Christmas carol concert at the Convento de los Dominicos in Santo Domingo's Colonial City on 16 December at 6pm. This is a not-to-be-missed event, with the country's best choral voices resounding within the walls of the historical 16th Century monument.
Also, on 16 December, the Juan Pablo Duarte Symphony Orchestra and the choir of the National Music Conservatory will play a concert at the National Music Conservatory at 6pm.
On 17 December, the National Choir and the National Symphony will perform together at the Las Americas International Airport at 1:30pm and 5pm, singing songs of seasonal joy to welcome Dominicans returning home for the holidays.
On the 17th, for music lovers in Gaspar Hernandez, on the northeastern coast of the country near the tourist destinations of Cabrera and Rio San Juan, the Juan Pablo Duarte Symphonic Orchestra will perform at the town's Nuestra Senora del Carmen church.
Also not to be missed is the 25 December Christmas Concert with the Santo Domingo Cathedral Choir at 7pm. Free admission, but to make sure you get a seat, be there by 7pm.
Tobacco and Rum
34 restaurants participating in the Grand Gastronomic Circuit to create a New Dominican Cuisine are focusing on dishes with rum and on cigars this month as part of the 2010 Santo Domingo -- American Capital of Culture event. So far, 275 new dishes have been created and tasted by restaurant goers throughout the city.
Augusto (Uto) L. Sanchez, president of the Dominican Association of Restaurants (Aderes), says that from Monday, 10 January through Thursday, 20 January, the 30 restaurants will offer the full range of their best dishes prepared for the circuit throughout the year.
Dream Project and JetBlue working together
The leading carrier in the Dominican Republic, JetBlue Airways has teamed up with the DREAM Project and for what they are calling "a mile-high dream." The partnership seeks to help public schools throughout the country. Students at a Ciudad Nueva public school in Santo Domingo, and another in San Jose de las Matas hosted a visit by JetBlue staff who went to paint classrooms, meet the students and teachers and share experiences with local community members. After a full day of working with members of the JetBlue crew, Albert Ruiz, JetBlue's corporate social responsibility coordinator, presented to DREAM Project directors Mrs. Knight, Iris Margarita Ramirez and Elizabeth Urena a donation of books and JetBlue tickets to be used use in local initiatives for raising additional funding for schools.
"We are very pleased partner with the DREAM Project and to be able, together, to make initiatives like these happen," said JetBlue's General Manager for the Dominican Republic, Kelvin Pabon. "JetBlue's growth and consolidation in the Dominican Republic would not be possible without the ongoing support we've received from the community and are proud to reaffirm our commitment to it in return."
JetBlue operates more than 20 daily flights from the four largest airports in the DR - Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.
The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) is a nonprofit foundation that provides quality education to thousands of Dominican children and promotes long-term projects aimed at alleviating the problems within the country's education system.
For more information on JetBlue Airways and the DREAM Project, go to and
Casa de Campo joins LHW
Casa de Campo in La Romana is now a member of the prestigious hotel group, The Leading Hotels of the World. Casa de Campo, with its 155 guest rooms, 10 suites and 50 villas, becomes the third hotel in the Dominican Republic to join the organization. Others are Tortuga Bay (30 suites) and Paradisus Palma Real Resort (with 554 suites) in Punta Cana. The announcement comes following the hotel's US$40 million renovation that was completed this year. As part of the renovations, Casa de Campo incorporated the Beach Club by Le Cirque restaurant in Playa Minitas and the Cygalle Healing Spa.

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