This season, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) continues to serve a broad range of audiences in New York City through its Musical Connections program, providing a wide variety of live music experiences to people coping with challenging social, physical, and emotional circumstances in New York City healthcare settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and senior service organizations. The program, now entering its third year, also offers targeted professional training to a roster of specially-selected musicians, equipping them to perform in these unique settings.In the new season, Musical Connections will reach over 8,000 people who have limited access to live music, presenting 182 concerts in 34 locations, with eleven creative and songwriting workshops, and extended residencies at both Jacobi Medical Center and Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Musical Connections programming is created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in partnership with the host organization’s staff, government agencies, and the diverse roster of musicians who participate in the program. Highlights of the 2011–2012 Musical Connections season are listed below. For a complete list of locations served by Musical Connections, and a full roster of Musical Connections performing artists, please click here.2011–2012 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:Musical Connections at Sing Sing Correctional FacilitySing Sing Correctional Facility has been a Musical Connections partner since the program began its pilot phase in 2009. Since then, the collaboration has grown in size and scope. This season, from October 2011 to May 2012, Musical Connections will present at least one concert or creative workshop each month for Sing Sing residents. Composer and teaching artist Daniel Levy will be in residence throughout the year, continuing work he began with workshop participants last year. Through multiple workshop sessions, Mr. Levy will help participants hone their musical skills, develop improvisational skills, create arrangements of music, and even compose their own works for performances by Musical Connections musicians. A number of different artists and ensembles will join Levy to help create compositions, and culminating concerts will be presented in one of the facility’s chapels and also in Sing Sing’s large auditorium, which accommodates up to 400 people. One particular highlight will be a WMI “Community Sing” presentation on February 4 featuring R&B vocal ensemble Take 6, which will invite the audience, drawn entirely from Sing Sing’s residents, to participate in the concert and make music with the award-winning group.Select 2011–2012 Highlights at Sing Sing:
Musical Connections will also work with ACS to provide pathways for at-risk youth to pursue their musical talents in alternative situations to secure detention, with two creative choral workshops piloted in non-secure group homes for teenagers. In these projects, professional musicians from the Musical Connections roster will bring participants from two group homes together to learn and perform a variety of music—from popular to classical to original songs—with choral director David Rosenmeyer. Teens will be encouraged to develop their vocal skills and think creatively in order to write their own songs to be performed for family and friends at a final concert. In additional highlights this season, members of Ensemble ACJW—the performance arm of The Academy—will be joining the Musical Connections roster, performing in multiple Musical Connections venues across New York City. WMI also continues its Musical Connections work with the AHRC, Beth Abraham’s Institute of Music & Neurologic Function, Hudson Guild, the Diana Jones Senior Center, and many other settings across New York City. About Musical Connections Musical Connections provides free interactive performances, creative projects, and artist residencies in homeless shelters, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, and senior service organizations. In the 2011–2012 season, Musical Connections will reach 8,000 people who have limited access to live music through programming created by Carnegie Hall in partnership with host organization staff, government agencies, and first-class musicians from diverse musical genres. Professional development is an integral part of Musical Connections, and specifically-designed workshops offered to the artists prepare them for the unique nature of this work. The program is committed to participant engagement and expression, and it connects people facing challenging social and emotional circumstances with each other and their communities.The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve over 170,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, with more than an additional 100,000 people taking advantage of WMI’s online music education resources. For more information, please visit: www.carnegiehall.org/education.
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