February 3, 2015
On Saturday, January 31st, over 100 Harmony Program students from Harlem, Washington Heights, Brooklyn, and Long Island came together at the United Palace Theater for our annual Master Class with members of the New York Philharmonic.
Our students began the day working in sectionals with their Harmony teachers and musicians from the West Point Band. Later they were joined by members of the New York Philharmonic who spent the afternoon coaching them in small group classes before taking the stage for a side-by-side orchestra rehearsal and final public performance.
The Harmony Program thanks all those who made the day such a success, and we congratulate our participating students, some of whom took their seats in the orchestra for the very first time!
Below are video clips of our Master Class performances. To see pictures from our Master Class, please visit our Facebook page.
January 29, 2015
The Harmony Program is pleased to announce that we will be honoring the New York Philharmonic at this year’s annual gala. Through our partnership, the New York Philharmonic donates concert tickets, leads master classes for hundreds of our students, and coaches a city-wide “All Star” ensemble of our most promising young musicians. In short, they demonstrate their commitment to our mission and to fostering young talent by providing access to excellence.
We hope you will consider joining us for what promises to be a memorable evening of music, dancing, and special performances by members of the New York Philharmonic as well as our Harmony Program Orchestra.
For more information on purchasing tickets and tables, please visit our visit our gala webpage, email email@example.com or call (347) 949-8490.
December 29, 2014
The holiday season is one of our busiest here at the Harmony Program. Our students have the chance to take the stage, some of them for the very first time, at our Winter Recitals, which took place throughout the month of December. We heard beginners who have only been studying music for a few months, as well as our more advanced students who have been playing for several years.
Here are a few festive clips from our students’ performances:
December 9, 2014
On December 6th, the Brooklyn Rock Lottery held its 5th annual fundraiser and selected the Harmony Program as its beneficiary. This unusual event challenges 25 local indie-rock musicians to form brand new bands for a day of songwriting and then puts them on stage that same night to perform their compositions.
This year’s event took place at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The newly minted bands performed to a full house, and all of the proceeds from the evening will be given to the Harmony Program.
We thank our friends at the Brooklyn Rock Lottery, the participating musicians, and all their loyal fans for this unique opportunity and for their very generous support.
December 5, 2014
We are pleased to announce that the Harmony Program, along with Play on Philly!, has been featured in a documentary film entitled “Crescendo: the Power of Music.” The film, produced by Jamie Bernstein and Elizabeth Kling, premiered in October at the Philadelphia Film Festival, where it won the Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature, as well as the Audience Award.
The film made its way to New York City for a private screening that took place on December 3rd at Symphony Space. Following the film, there was a brief Q&A session with the producers; Anne Fitzgibbon, Founder/Director of the Harmony Program; and Stanford Thompson, Founder/Director of Play on Philly! The evening concluded with performances by some of our Harmony Program brass students.
For more information about the film, visit www.crescendofilmdoc.com.
November 27, 2014
Through partnerships with high-quality cultural institutions around New York City, the Harmony Program has been able to offer tickets to a variety of concerts to our students and families, free of charge.
Most recently, our Harmony Program families have attended the following performances:
Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall
October 29, 2014
Harlem Chamber Players at Broadway Presbyterian Church
November 9, 2014
New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center
November 16, 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center Performance
November 17, 2014
Thank you to all of our partners for making these opportunities available to our students!
November 4, 2014
On Monday, Warner Music Group announced the creation of the Warner Music Prize, an annual award that will recognize a professional musician aged 35 or under who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise in the realm of classical music. The nominees for the inaugural award are drawn from the young singers and instrumentalists presented by Carnegie Hall during the 2014-15 concert season.
The Harmony Program is honored to have been selected as one of two beneficiaries of the inaugural Warner Music Prize gala, which will be held on October 27, 2015 at Carnegie Hall. As an organization committed to bringing music making into the city’s under-served communities, the Harmony Program witnesses first-hand the benefits of rigorous classical music instruction, and we are proud to participate in an initiative that cultivates and celebrates musical achievement.
For more on Monday’s announcement, click here.
And for more information on the Warner Music Prize, visit http://warnermusicprize.com/.