WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter
Jon Deak - composer, former Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic, and founder of Very Young Composers Program
Mindy Kaufman, Solo Flutist New York Philharmonic
Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 West 114th Street & Broadway
Hosted by Bill Ritter, WABC News Anchor
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. We will feature faculty, students, and special guest stars in a variety of musical performances. In addition, we’re thrilled to be honoring Jon Deak, composer, former Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic, and founder of Very Young Composers, a national award-winning program, that is international in its reach, and has partnered with BSM for the past two years as part of our A4TY Student Composing Project. We will also celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our comprehensive pre-college program, Music Access Project.
More about Music Access Project
Founded in 1964, Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) provides open access to anyone seeking high quality music education. Over the past 50 years, BSM has served more than 100,000 children and adults through group classes, private instruction, and performance opportunities in classical, jazz and rock music. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, each week over 600 students of all ages participate in a wide range of music-making, including early childhood classes, free community concerts, and internet-based music programs. More than 20% of the Bloomingdale student body receives financial aid scholarships annually. This means more than 14% of BSM’s annual budget goes directly towards student scholarship - an industry high. BSM alumni have gone on to careers as music teachers, performers, and life-long music lovers. bsmny.org
Jon Deak loves to compose music, play the Bass, climb mountains and help kids to be creative. A prominent instrumentalist and composer, he was for many years the Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic. He has composed over 300 works, and has had his music played by such orchestras 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 be heard on several TV Series and recordings. In 1995 he founded the Very Young Composers, an international award-winning program, whereby Public School children, age 9 - 13 completely compose and orchestrate their own music for major Symphony Orchestras, Bands and ensembles throughout the U.S. and in 14 other countries.
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