Bloomingdale School of Music to Present NOTES FROM 108TH STREET to Support Student Scholarships

Bloomingdale School of Music to Present NOTES FROM 108TH STREET to Support Student Scholarships

Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) will be holding their annual benefit for student scholarships and financial aid, Notes from 108th Street, on Monday, May 8th, 2017 at the Broadway Presbyterian Church located at 612 W. 114th St. & Broadway from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

WABC News Anchor BILL RITTER will be serving as host and emcee for the evening of music, which honors JON DEAK, Founder and Director of the NY Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Program, an important partner for BSM's Student Composers Program, which encourages students ages 7-17 to compose new music and commissions professional composers to write new works for its students. Jon is a kind and generous neighbor to Bloomingdale School of Music, having been a resident of the Upper West Side for forty years.

The evening will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school's Music Access Project (MAP), a full scholarship, multi-year pre-college conservatory training program for talented low-income students. A highlight of the evening will be the performance of Jon Deak's 1987 composition, Bye-Bye! performed by NY Philharmonic flutist Mindy Kaufman in the role of narrator and musician accompanied by a pianist. We are pleased to present a performance of BSM's 2016-17 Commissioned composer, Doug Balliett's Vassar College, 1918, set to text from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay performed by BSM MAP Piano Quintet along with teachers Katherine Copland, voice, and Eric Phinney, percussion. Notes from 108th Street will feature a musical program performed by BSM students, faculty, and special guests.

All proceeds go to support the school's extensive financial aid and scholarship programs, which roughly represents15% of the school's annual budget. Notes from 108th Street includes a reception with light food, and performances; Tickets start at $100. For tickets and more information, visit www.bsmny.org/notes.

Sponsorship Levels: $250 = 2 tickets and supports 1 family to take early childhood class; $500 = 4 tickets and supports 1 student in the orchestra program for a full year; $1,000 = 8 tickets and supports 1 student for a semester of 30 minute lessons; $2,500 = 10 tickets and supports 1 student for a semester of 60 minute lessons; $5,000 = 12 tickets and supports 1 full scholarship student in the Music Access Project. For tickets and sponsorship inquiries, contact Sarah Benvenuti, Event Coordinator, at sbenvenuti@bsmny.org or 303-547-6279.

Bloomingdale School of Music, founded in 1964, is a thriving musical environment where students of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels learn and perform music, develop life skills, and participate in a diverse community committed to access and excellence. Fifty-two years later BSM upholds it's deep belief that an inclusive community music school can be a force for positive change in the world.

ABOUT JON DEAK - A prominent instrumentalist, Jon Deak was for many years the Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic. As a composer, he has written over 300 works, and has had his music played by Orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. His Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, "The Headless Horseman," was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. His music may also be heard on several TV series and many recordings. In 1995 he founded the Very Young Composers, a national award-winning program, having since gone international in scope, whereby Public School children, age 9 - 13 have completely composed and orchestrated their own music for the New York Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, and ensembles across the country and on four continents. Jon Deak is the Young Composer Advocate of the New York Philharmonic.

ABOUT DOUG BALLIETT - Doug Balliett is a composer, instrumentalist and poet based in New York City. Balliett is a prolific artist whose career has spanned classical performance, composition, rap, rock, spoken word, period performance and conducting. Mr. Balliett's compositions have been heard throughout the US, garnering several awards, including prizes in the Frederick Delius Competition, the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship, the Kirkland House Music Award and Harvard's first annual Artist Development Grant. Recent compositional projects include a late-night event at the Chelsea Art Museum (as part of his continued residency at the Chelsea Music Festival) and the composer-in-residence Spotlight with The Oracle Hysterical at the Lucerne Festival, where he and his collaborators presented an evening of Grimm songs and a new hip-hopera based on Melville's Billy Budd. Mr. Balliett graduated from Harvard in 2007 with high honors and is recently completed a master's at The Juilliard School in Historical Performance. With a constant stream of commissions, a weekly show on New York Public Radio, and nearly 200 performances per year, Mr. Balliett has been identified as an emerging voice for his generation.

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