Bloomingdale on broadway

An evening of music to benefit BSM's Scholarship Fund
Details for: Bloomingdale on Broadway – Annual Spring Benefit
Location
601 W 114th St
New York, NY 10025
United States
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April 2, 2020 6:00 pm

Join us for a lively evening of Broadway tunes, delicious food, and fantastic company to

celebrate the Bloomingdale School of Music.

All proceeds go towards our Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs!

Honoring
George Oliphant
of NBC Universal’s George to the Rescue

&
Josh Wiener
of SilverLining, Inc.

Featuring spectacular performances of
Broadway favorites from Bloomingdale’s

own Broadway Ensemble

All proceeds support Scholarships and Financial Aid at

Bloomingdale School of Music.

For more information, please visit www.bsmny.org

Bloomingdale's Annual Benefit

George, Josh, as well as many of the vendors, spoke about their experience with the renovation and how it is sure to make a major impact on the concert experience at BSM. Students will be inspired and motivated to reach their musical goals in such a distinguished and beautiful setting and for faculty and guest artists, it is now a concert destination venue on the Upper West Side.

New Steinway Concert Grand Piano Inauguration

As part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, BSM also celebrated the inauguration of its brand new Steinway Concert Grand Piano. Through the tireless work of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, BSM received a major grant from the city of New York to purchase a new Steinway.

The piano was selected by seven piano faculty members at the Steinway factory in Astoria Queens on Wednesday, November 6 and was delivered to the school the following day. Gale Brewer was in attendance at the ceremony and spoke about Bloomingdale and its role as a major educational and cultural institution on the Upper West Side. She was both proud and excited that Bloomingdale received this major grant and was delighted to be sitting on stage next to the great new instrument.

Josh Wiener

For the Ribbon Cutting itself – students, faculty, vendors, staff, and elected officials all gathered to mark the occasion.

As a way of celebrating the hard work that went behind this amazing transformation, a concert that included students and faculty was then performed. Music for solo piano, trumpet trio, percussion duo as well as guitar duo was featured. Everyone in the audience heard for the first time the vastly improved and amazing acoustics of the hall as well as the glorious sound and nuance of the new piano. After the concert, there was a tour of the newly renovated backyard space followed by lunch in the Tapestry Room.

Student and Faculty Concert

For the Ribbon Cutting itself – students, faculty, vendors, staff, and elected officials all gathered to mark the occasion.

As a way of celebrating the hard work that went behind this amazing transformation, a concert that included students and faculty was then performed. Music for solo piano, trumpet trio, percussion duo as well as guitar duo was featured. Everyone in the audience heard for the first time the vastly improved and amazing acoustics of the hall as well as the glorious sound and nuance of the new piano. After the concert, there was a tour of the newly renovated backyard space followed by lunch in the Tapestry Room.

Our Host

Laurie Berkner has been a professional musician since 1992, but her success as a
children’s recording artist was a surprise to her. “It was so unexpected,” says Laurie.
“I’d been performing in rock bands and struggling to write original music. Writing music
for kids has not been a struggle at all. The more I started working on material for
children, the more I realized that it opened up creativity in me that I never knew I had.”

These days critics widely acknowledge Laurie’s major contribution toward launching
what is now dubbed the progressive “kindie rock” movement – i.e. less saccharine, more
rocking music that is not dumbed down for children. But it wasn’t simply an enormous
amount of talent that helped create an entire genre and skyrocketed Laurie to her current
position as “the queen of kids’ music” (People magazine). It was an ability to gain
parents’ enthusiasm for the songs as well.

According to Laurie, “When I’m writing a song, I’m thinking about whether the kids will like it and whether I’m going to connect to them through it. I’m also thinking about whether I want to sing it over and over again, so I guess that’s the part that connects with adults. ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ is a great song for kids, but I couldn’t sing it 100 times!”

November 19, 2019

A day to remember in the life of Bloomingdale School of Music!

“Bloomingdale was founded in 1964 on the belief that everyone, of any age, should have access to quality music education, regardless of his or her ability to pay,” says Erika Floreska, Executive Director of BSM. “BSM’s commitment to “music for all” is the reason we hold free concerts that are open to everyone almost every Friday night of the year,” says Ken Michaels, Board President, Parent, and alum. “Now the community will enjoy concerts, and our students and faculty will perform, in a beautiful and comfortable new concert hall, thanks to George Oliphant.”

Panel Discussion with (from L. To R.) George Oliphant, Josh Wiener, Gale Brewer, Ken Michaels, and Erika Floreska discuss the renovation project.

George Oliphant, Erika Floreska, and Ken Michaels with Bloomingdale students Kutemba, Vada, and Nihkal in the new David Greer Recital Hall.