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Notes from 108th Street


Monday, April 1, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 West 114th Street & Broadway

Monday, April 1, 2019 is our annual Notes from 108th Street Fundraiser, this year celebrating Burton Kassell, long-time Board Member. We will honor Burton’s long commitment to Bloomingdale and our students with performances by faculty, students, and guest stars. The event will once again take place at beautiful Broadway Presbyterian Church. It is not to be missed!

The longest serving member of Bloomingdale School of Music’s board of directors, Burton Kassell first moved to the Upper West Side in 1962. Born in Brooklyn, and a graduate of Baruch School of Business class of 1958, he began a career in sales and later ventured in to real estate. He is the chief executive officer of the Palidrome Corporation which he founded in 1974 as a multifamily residential owner, developer and manager. Kassell fondly remembers the neighborhood in the 1960’s saying, “In warm weather you would hear a lot of music because windows would be open and people would be singing or playing the piano…”

It was a lucky happenstance that one day in the 1960s he noticed a double line of very young children holding hands walking from their public school (where they had no music program) to Bloomingdale School of Music. It was this sight that so moved him to discover David Greer and the work of Bloomingdale resulting in a contribution of $1,000. His support of BSM then and now is fueled by his love for children, his belief in the transformational power of music education, and the desire to ensure access to high quality music education for all who seek it.

To Kassell, a music education is part of being a well rounded person, as essential as reading or looking at art. His belief in the importance and value of BSM extends to his own family, with both children and grandchildren having attended the school.

British born Henry Rinehart has enjoyed a formidable career as a successful restaurateur and accomplished actor. Henry attended the famous School of Performing Arts while living on New York City’s Upper West Side not far from where he would go on to create his eponymous restaurant, HENRY’s. Henry believes that restaurants are fundamental to the civic fabric of any community. Together the strains of art, performance and hospitality were the foundation of his two decade long fine dining success.

Henry is very excited to join the Bloomingdale community for the Notes from 108th Street celebration of Burton Kassell. “Burton was a long-time guest at HENRY’s and a treasured member of the Upper West Side community.”

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Thank you to Cafe du Soleil, Insomnia Cookies, and Silvermoon Bakery for
providing food for this event.