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Bloomingdale School of Music featured on NBC Universal’s George to the Rescue

April 6, 2020

Contact: Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773,

Bloomingdale School of Music

featured on
NBC Universal’s
George to the Rescue

Premiere Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020

Bloomingdale School of Music will be featured in an all-new episode as part of the 11 th season of NBC
Universal’s George to the Rescue. The episode premieres in various markets beginning Saturday, April 11,
2020 (detailed schedule below), and online beginning Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 9 am EST at For more information, @George2Rescue on Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube.
In the fall of 2019, the Bloomingdale School of Music was nominated and selected to receive a TV make-over
of its David Greer Recital Hall and backyard by the hit NBC reality show George to the Rescue, hosted by
George Oliphant. Led by SilverLining, Inc., the project completely transformed the school, renovating the Hall
and the backyard space. The company gathered one of the city’s best architects, and top acousticians, landscape
designers, and muralists for the project, all of whom donated their time and resources to provide a world-class
concert hall for the community-focused non-profit. Located on 108 th Street, the school services more than 80
students and was selected for the show because of its strong commitment to the community, scholarship, and
financial aid.
“The work they did was beyond what we could have imagined,” said Erika S. Floreska, Executive Director,
Bloomingdale School of Music. “We are so excited to be able to provide a world-class space for our students,
faculty, and community to come together for hundreds of rehearsals, classes, and performances throughout the
“While we can’t currently be in our new space due to COVID-19, the school has quickly transferred to the
online format.  Private lessons, group classes, and ensembles all continue.  That’s a testament to the power of
music to be uniting and healing force as we navigate these unprecedented times,” said Ken Michaels, Board
President, Bloomingdale School of Music.
“Many life-enriching community centers are facing the effects of COVID-19,” said George Oliphant. “I am
comforted by knowing that when Bloomingdale can open their doors again, students and faculty will have more
beautiful, comfortable, and functional spaces to return to. Music has a unique ability to spark a vital human
connection, which is more important than ever.”
“Having grown up on the Upper West Side and being friends with Ken Michaels for years, it felt great to be
able to come together to do something for the community that I live in and grew up in,” said Josh Wiener,
President, SilverLining, Inc. “I hadn’t been in touch with the Bloomingdale School since I was 14 and to be
reintroduced to be able to provide this performance space has been amazing. None of this could have been
possible without Rogers Partners Architects and all the other vendor partners who so quickly and graciously
jumped on board.”

This episode also features the delivery of a new Steinway piano made possible by a grant from Manhattan
Borough President Gale Brewer, who joined Bloomingdale School of Music for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in
November 2019:

“Bloomingdale has been an anchor on the Upper West Side for more than 50 years,” said Manhattan Borough
President Gale A. Brewer.  “It’s a hidden gem, and the new Steinway in their concert hall is going to bring joy,
beauty, and inspiration to many for years to come – from beginners giving their first performances to the
professional faculty who offer free concerts throughout the year. I’m proud to support Bloomingdale School of

A preview of the full season is available at: .

Episode schedule:
Market Station Day/Time*
New York WNBC Sat April 11, 9 am, 7 pm; Sun April 12, 12:30 am
Philadelphia WCAU Sat April 11, 7 pm
Hartford WVIT Sat April 11, 7:30 pm
Washington, DC WRC Sun April 12, 1:05 am
Boston WTBS Sat April 11, 7 pm
Boston – New England NECN Sat April 11, 11:30 am; Sun April 12, 5 am
Los Angeles KNBC Sat April 11, 4 pm
Miami WTVJ Sun April 12, 6 am
San Diego KNSD Sun April 12, 5:30 am
Dallas KXAS Sat April 11, 5 pm
Chicago WMAQ Sun April 12, 12:05 am
San Francisco KNTV Sat April 11, 5 am
Minneapolis KARE Sun April 19, 11 am

Home renovation series with host and contractor George Oliphant, George to the Rescue features top interior
designers and contractors teaming up to help deserving families and communities with much-needed home
renovations. Through inspiring stories of overcoming challenges, this uplifting series highlights the best of the
human spirit. “George to the Rescue” is produced by LXTV part of the NBCUniversal Owned Television
Stations division of NBCUniversal.

Founded in 1964, Bloomingdale School of Music is dedicated to the belief that music changes lives and
everyone should have access to high-quality music education regardless of economic status, race, religion,
ability level, or gender. Bloomingdale is a music-driven community center where all are welcome to join and
learn about music from top faculty. We are dedicated to our mission – to make music education accessible to all
who want to learn – and remain focused on supporting this mission through our values.


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