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Prelude Benefit 2017: Notes from 108th Street

An Evening of Music to Benefit BSM’s Scholarship Fund

Monday, May 8, 2017
Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 West 114th Street & Broadway

Hosted by Bill Ritter, WABC News Anchor, with a performance of commissioned new work by composer DOUG BALLIETT, and a performance by NY Philharmonic flutist MINDY KAUFMAN.

6:00 pm Champagne Reception with Light Appetizers, and Silent Auction, featuring our Hamilton ticket raffle!

7:00 pm Program – Performances

8:15 pm Dessert and Silent Auction

Honoring Jon Deak, composer, former Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic, and founder of the Very Young Composers Program

Commemorating 25 Years of Music Access Project

This year’s event is sure to be a fun and engaging evening of music and community. WABC News Anchor BILL RITTER will be serving as host and emcee for an evening of music, which honors JON DEAK, Founder and Director of the NY Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program, an important partner for our A4TY Student Composers Program. The evening will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Music Access Project (MAP). A highlight of the evening will be the performance of Jon Deak’s 1987 composition, Bye-Bye! performed by NY Philharmonic flutist Mindy Kaufman in collaboration with pianist Margaret Kampmeier in the roles of narrators and musicians. We are also pleased to present a performance of BSM’s 2016-17 Commissioned composer, Doug Balliett’s Vassar College, 1918, set to text from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay performed by BSM MAP Piano Quintet along with teachers Katherine Copland, voice, and Eric Phinney, percussion. Notes from 108th Street will feature a musical program performed by BSM students, faculty, and special guests.

More about A4TY: Album for the Young – Student Composing Project

More about Music Access Project

About Jon Deak

A prominent instrumentalist, Jon Deak was for many years the Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic. As a composer, he has written over 300 works, and has had his music played by Orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. His Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, “The Headless Horseman,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. His music may also be heard on several TV series and many recordings. In 1995 he founded the Very Young Composers, a national award-winning program, having since gone international in scope, whereby Public School children, age 9 – 13 have completely composed and orchestrated their own music for the New York Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, and ensembles across the country and on four continents. Jon Deak is the Young Composer Advocate of the New York Philharmonic.

More about Jon Deak

Very Young Composers (VYC) was developed by Jon Deak to answer the question, “what is children’s music?” Working with Mr. Deak and Philharmonic Teaching Artists, public school children with limited musical background compose music for Philharmonic musicians to play – often for the full Orchestra. Students make every compositional decision and write every note, with Teaching Artists serving as mentors and scribes, but not editing or “arranging.” VYC demonstrates children’s innate creativity, and provides a glimpse of the future of live music of all genres.

More about Very Young Composers

About Mindy Kaufman

Solo piccolo and flutist Mindy Kaufman joined the New York Philharmonic in 1979 at the age of 22, after performing for three seasons with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She received a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala, Bonita Boyd, and James Galway. Ms. Kaufman has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Music Directors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel. For one season she substituted as principal flute with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She performs chamber music regularly with her colleagues in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and has performed at the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music, Moab Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Benefaio Music Festival, and Brightstar Music Festival. Solo recordings include Avner Dorman’s Piccolo Concerto with the Metropolis Ensemble, Vivaldi’s Piccolo concerto with New York Philharmonic recorded live, and a flute recording, French Flute Music. Ms. Kaufman has been a featured artist at the Japan Flute Convention and the National Flute Convention. A sought-after commercial musician, she has performed on more than 45 film sound tracks.

About Doug Balliett

Doug Balliett is a composer, instrumentalist and poet based in New York City. Balliett is a prolific artist whose career has spanned classical performance, composition, rap, rock, spoken word, period performance and conducting. Mr. Balliett’s compositions have been heard throughout the US, garnering several awards, including prizes in the Frederick Delius Competition, the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship, the Kirkland House Music Award and Harvard’s first annual Artist Development Grant. Recent compositional projects include a late-night events at the Chelsea Art Museum (as part of his continued residency at the Chelsea Music Festival) and the composer-in-residence Spotlight with The Oracle Hysterical at the Lucerne Festival, where he and his collaborators presented an evening of Grimm songs and a new hip-hopera based on Melville’s Billy Budd. Mr. Balliett graduated from Harvard in 2007 with high honors and is recently completed a master’s at The Juilliard School in Historical Performance. With a constant stream of commissions, a weekly show on New York Public Radio, and nearly 200 performances per year, Mr. Balliett has been identified as an emerging voice for his generation.

Bloomingdale School of Music is a 2016 – 17 host site for Con Edison’s Exploring the Metropolis Composer-in-Residence Program created to provide free, long-term studio space to composers who are in need of a dedicated workspace outside of their home. Doug Balliett is BSM’s current composer-in-residence.