February 28, 2021
Ottawa, Canada.– On the occasion of the commemoration of the 177th anniversary of our National Independence, on February 28 the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada held the "Concert of Instrumental Folklore Music dedicated to the Dominican Independence", performed by the Dominican harpist and composer Martha Jhoana De Luna. This activity was a joint effort with the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the other representations of the Dominican Government in Canada.
In her opening remarks, the Ambassador-designate Michelle Cohen highlighted the commitment of the Dominican Government, led by President Luis Abinader, “to create an inclusive and prosperous future for those of us who are part of the nation, reclaiming the values and principles that gave rise to the homeland”. She also highlighted the work of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Álvarez, whom she defined as an exponent himself of the prioritization in the preservation of fundamental rights and of embracing a proactive and strategic diplomacy in matters of trade, investment and transfer of knowledge.
Ambassador-designate Cohen emphasized the importance of Canada as a key ally, not only because it is one of the main countries in terms of investment in the Dominican economy, but also because every year a large number of Canadians visit the country as tourists. She also highlighted that “Canada is a transcendent market for our products and our exporters and that we strive to expand the relationship in areas that impact the quality of life of our people.”
“While overcoming the barriers set by the distance, we are now delighted by the Concert of Instrumental Folklore Music dedicated to the Dominican Independence; a work from the gifted young woman Martha Jhoana De Luna, a composer, harpist and pianist, native from San Pedro de Macorís, who along with her brothers Johan and Randy, brought us a fine selection of musical pieces, characteristics of our culture, played on piano, harp, clarinet and flute”, said the Ambassador-designate.
The acknowledgements and closing remarks were given by the Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to ICAO, Ambassador Carlos Veras, who congratulated the Dominican community living in Canada, and reiterated his commitment to continue collaborating with the Dominican Embassy in promoting the young talent of our country.
Concert of Instrumental Folklore Music dedicated to the Dominican Independence