The Harmony Program’s
10th Anniversary Benefit Concert

An Evening of Intimate, One-Night-Only Performances


Join Us

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:30pm

583 Park Avenue
New York City


Event Co-Chairs

Warner Music Group

Jenny & Roy Niederhoffer

Matthew Prete


Event Vice Chairs

Evan Gogel & Abra Metz-Dworkin

Linda & Kalmon Post

Joe Rose

G. Schirmer, Inc., part of the Music Sales Group


Harmony Program’s 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert

For ten years, the Harmony Program has brought quality music education directly into communities who need it most, providing over a thousand students with free instruments, intensive music instruction, orchestral training, and a variety of transformational cultural experiences. Year after year, our students emerge from the program with life-long friendships, increased self-confidence, and improved academic achievement — all from a shared love of music.

In honor of this significant milestone, please join us at our 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert as we celebrate the talents of young classical musicians. The evening, which includes VIP cocktails and dinner, will bring together acclaimed musicians, along with our students, supporters, and music enthusiasts from around the City for an evening in celebration of the vital role music plays in shaping our communities and our lives.

If you would like more information please email us at Gala@HarmonyProgram.org or call us at (646) 981-1882.


Tables & Tickets

$100,000 MAESTRO TABLE

  • Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and VIP table seating for 20 guests
  • Acknowledgement from stage
  • Co-Chair listing on invite & event materials*
  • Photo opportunity with Harmony students
  • Meet & Greet with select performers
  • Premium full-page tribute in the program*

$50,000 VIRTUOSO TABLE

  • Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and premium table seating for 12 guests
  • Acknowledgement from stage
  • Vice-Chair listing on invite & event materials*
  • Full-page tribute in the program*

$25,000 CONCERT MASTER TABLE

  • Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and priority table seating for 10 guests
  • Vice-chair listing on invite & event materials*
  • Half-page tribute in the program*

$15,000 SECTION LEADER TABLE

  • Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and reserved table seating for 10 guests
  • Listing on event materials*
  • Half-page tribute in the program*

$5,000 SFORZANDO TICKET

  • Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and premium seating for one at dinner and performance
  • Listing on event materials*

$2,500 FORTISSIMO TICKET

  • Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and priority seating for one at dinner and performance
  • Listing on event materials*

$1,500 FORTE TICKET

  • Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and reserved seating for one at dinner and performance
  • Listing on event materials*

PROGRAM TRIBUTES are also available, starting at $500.


About

 

Joshua Bell

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists today. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone awards, and he is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since 1958 when Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra…Read More ›

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists today. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone awards, and he is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since 1958 when Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra.

In 2018, Bell tours with Academy to the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, and Asia. With pianist Sam Haywood, Bell performs recitals in Europe and America, and in February reunited with pianist Jeremy Denk for a Carnegie Hall recital broadcast live. Additional highlights include dates with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, and an all-Beethoven play/direct program with the Orchestre National de Lyon.

Recently released is Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire. Slated for May is Bell’s recording with the Academy of the Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and g minor Concerto.

Bell recently engaged in two tech projects: With Embertone, the leading virtual instrument sampling company, the Joshua Bell Virtual Violin was created for producers, artists, engineers and composers. Bell also teamed up with Sony for the Joshua Bell VR Experience featuring Bell performing in full 360-degree VR and available for free download for SONY PlayStation 4 VR.

Convinced of the value of music as an educational tool, Bell is a member of Turnaround Arts and Education Through Music, which provide arts education to low-performing elementary and middle schools.

Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

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Larisa Martinez

Highly praised for her “warm quality of voice” and “unique timbre”, soprano Larisa Martínez has established a strong and unique presence in the classical music world. Most recently she made her Madison Square Garden debut as a featured artist alongside Andrea Bocelli in his December tour through the USA. This Spring she will be performing the role of Violetta in Verdi’s classic La Traviata, followed by Maria in West Side Story at the Napa Valley Music Festival with Michael Fabiano as Tony…Read More ›

Highly praised for her “warm quality of voice” and “unique timbre”, soprano Larisa Martínez has established a strong and unique presence in the classical music world. Most recently she made her Madison Square Debut as a featured artist alongside Andrea Bocelli in his December tour through the USA. This Spring she will be performing the role of Violetta in Verdi’s classic La Traviata, followed by Maria in West Side Story at the Napa Valley Music Festival with Michael Fabiano as Tony. In Puerto Rico she performed Sophie in Werther alongside celebrated tenor Piotr Beczala with CulturArte PR. Last year Ms. Martínez also made her Lincoln Center and PBS debut performing in Live From Lincoln Center’s Joshua Bell’s “Seasons of Cuba” concert. Her other operatic roles include Pamina in Bare Opera’s edgy production of The Magic Flute in New York City, Fire/Rossignol from L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Rosario from Goyescas, Musetta in Loft Opera’s critically acclaimed production of La Bohème in 2014 and Corinna from Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri. Additionally, she can be seen on DVD as Isaura in the world premiere of Mercadante’s Francesca da Rimini conducted by Fabio Luisi. Ms. Martínez is a proud resident artist of Turn Around Arts, a philanthropic organization founded by Michelle Obama and directed by The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for the advancement of arts education in public schools throughout the nation.

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Jorge Glem

Jorge Glem is a cuatro player, mandolinist, and musical producer from Cumana, Venezuela. He is the winner of prestigious awards such as El Silbón de Oro, in 2014, and the Siembra Del Cuatro, in 2015. Jorge has also received three Pepsi music awards for his album “En el Cerrito” and has been nominated for three Latin Grammys…Read More ›

Jorge Glem is a cuatro player, mandolinist, and musical producer from Cumana, Venezuela. He is the winner of prestigious awards such as El Silbón de Oro, in 2014, and the Siembra Del Cuatro, in 2015. Jorge has also received three Pepsi music awards for his album “En el Cerrito” and has been nominated for three Latin Grammys with the ensemble C4Trio. He has three musical productions of his own, and has participated in over 200, traveling throughout four continents and sharing the stage with worldwide figures such as Paquito D’Rivera, Jordan Rudess, Rubén Blades, Carlos Vives, Calle 13, Guaco, Desorden Publico, Ensamble Gurrufío, Gualberto Ibarreto, Etienne Charles, and many others, fusing his traditional instrument with universal genres such as jazz, salsa, bluegrass, rock, pop.

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Anthony McGill

Considered among the top solo, chamber and orchestral musicians today, Anthony McGill is now in his second season as principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, having previously been principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal of the Cincinnati Symphony…Read More ›

Considered among the top solo, chamber and orchestral musicians today, Anthony McGill, is now in his second season as principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, having previously been principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal of the Cincinnati Symphony.

Performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa in recital, chamber music and as soloist with orchestra consistently receive rave reviews. He has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsiko Uchida and Lang Lang, and in January of 2009 performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at President Obama’s inauguration.

As an educator, McGill is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory. A native of Chicago, McGill attended The Curtis Institute of Music and is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the first Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and is the 2015-16 WQXR Artist-in-Residence.

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Time For Three

The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members — Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; Charles Yang violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass — carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing…Read More ›

The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members — Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; Charles Yang violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass — carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing.

To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s subscription series to Club Yoshi’s in San Francisco to residencies at the Kennedy Center to Christoph Eschenbach’s birthday concert at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. Recent highlights included their Carnegie Hall debut, appearances with the Boston Pops, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a sell-out concert at the 2014 BBC Proms, and an appearance on the ABC prime time hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”

Tf3’s high-energy performances are free of conventional practices, drawing instead from the members’ differing musical backgrounds. The trio also performs its own arrangements of traditional repertoire and Ranaan Meyer provides original compositions to complement the trio’s offerings.

In 2014 Time for Three released their debut Universal Music Classics album, Time for Three, which spent seven consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart. The ensemble has also embarked on a major commissioning programs to expand its unique repertoire for symphony orchestras including Concerto 4-3, written by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Travels in Time for Three by Chris Brubeck in 2010, co-commissioned by the Boston Pops, the Youngstown Symphony, and eight other orchestras, and Games and Challenges by William Bolcom, commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony. Their latest project, a three-year residency with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, includes commissions for three new works. Time for Three premiered the first of these works, Elevation: Paradise, in Sun Valley in August, 2015 and the second, Free Souls, in July, 2016.

On March 25, 2016 PBS premiered the Emmy-winning show “Time for Three in Concert” nationwide. “Time for Three in Concert” is an hour-long program in collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Universal Music Classics and WFYI Public Media, that brings together diverse artists and unique arrangements to create a one-of-a-kind concert experience.

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Lena Hall

Lena Hall is a Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee who recently received widespread critical acclaim for her feature film debut as the title role in the feature film Becks, (winner of the U.S. Fiction Award at the L.A. Film Festival). Following her Tony-winning Broadway run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hall toured …Read More ›

Lena Hall is a Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee who recently received widespread critical acclaim for her feature film debut as the title role in the feature film Becks, (winner of the U.S. Fiction Award at the L.A. Film Festival). Following her Tony-winning Broadway run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hall toured North America with Josh Groban on his “Stages” tour, and portrayed the dual starring roles of both Hedwig and Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She originated the role of Nicola in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, and has been seen on HBO’s “Girls,” Amazon Prime’s “Good Girls Revolt,” and can be heard voicing the fan-favorite role of Countess Coloratura on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Hall starred opposite Marisa Tomei in Lincoln Center Theatre’s “How To Transcend A Happy Marriage.” Hall’s two solo musical revues Sin & Salvation (at the legendary Cafe Carlyle) and The Villa Satori: Growing up Haight Ashbury both played sold out shows and received rave reviews. Hall’s year-long musical passion project, “Obsessed,” pays tribute to her greatest musical inspirations with 12 EP releases over the course of 2018 that are accompanied by 54 music videos via YouTube and a live concert tour. This summer, Hall will begin production on the highly anticipated TNT television series “Snowpiercer” opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs. This will be Hall’s first series regular television role, which is a TV reboot of the 2013 Tilda Swinton film, based on the popular graphic novel.

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Harry Smith
M.C.

Harry Smith is an NBC News correspondent, appearing across all NBC News platforms including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.” One of television’s most distinguished journalists, Smith has been a news anchor for more than 30 years. Before joining NBC News…Read More ›

Harry Smith is an NBC News correspondent, appearing across all NBC News platforms including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.” One of television’s most distinguished journalists, Smith has been a news anchor for more than 30 years. Before joining NBC News in 2011, he hosted the CBS News morning shows “The Early Show” and its predecessor “CBS This Morning” for 17 years. Smith served as a senior correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchors for the “CBS Evening News”, “Face the Nation” and “CBS News Sunday Morning.” He also hosted the A&E series “Biography.” Smith has interviewed a who’s who of world leaders from Barack Obama to Margaret Thatcher. He’s reported from the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the war in Bosnia. Smith reported live from Tahrir Square the night Hosni Mubarak fell from power. He covered the revolution in Libya. Smith has also reported from disaster zones in the United States as well as Japan, Sri Lanka, Haiti and the Philippines. Smith has won several Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award, as well as numerous other honors. He is a proud graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa. He is married to the remarkable Andrea Joyce, a sports reporter. They are the parents of two fine young men.

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Leadership Support of Harmony Program’s
10th Anniversary Season is Provided by Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group (WMG), one of the world’s leading music companies, has embraced an expanded partnership with Harmony Program. WMG has supported the work of the Harmony Program in the past, most recently with its inaugural Warner Music Prize, which seeks to foster the talents of promising young musicians. Throughout the Harmony Program’s 10th anniversary year, Warner Music executives and artists will be involved in an array of Harmony Program activities, including visits by WMG team members and artists to Harmony sites. WMG will also host visits to the company’s Manhattan headquarters for Harmony Program students and their families to meet executives and artists and explore career paths within the music recording and publishing industries.

 


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