On Thursday, April 2nd, the Harmony Program held its annual gala and honored the New York Philharmonic for supporting the development of young musicians and ensembles. Hosted by PBS NewsHour’s John Merrow, the evening showcased a variety of musical performances, celebrated the achievements of our students, and surpassed its fundraising goals. Below is a video of highlights from the evening:
The Harmony Program gala is always a musical affair. This year we were treated to performances by Ali Bello and his Latin jazz trio; the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, under the direction of David Bernard; and the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinetist, Anthony McGill, violinist, Haeyoung Ham, and teaching artist, Mitchell Lyon. Of course, our gala would not be complete without a performance by our students. We congratulate our Harmony Program orchestra and reserve a special “brava!” for eight-year old violin student, Vanessa Sidemion, who performed an opening duet with Haeyoung Ham.
Our gala evening brought together many of our organizational partners, including representatives of the New York Philharmonic, the City University of New York, the West Point Band, the New York Youth Symphony, G. Schirmer, Warner Music Group, and the schools and community-based organizations that host our after-school programs. We thank them and our parents, teachers, and students for making our work possible and for making the gala evening such a success!
New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist, Anthony McGill, rehearsing alongside Harmony Program clarinetists before their gala performance.