Carnegie Hall in the NYC Marathon: Don and Christy's Story
In the second in our series which profiles members of Carnegie Hall's team who are taking part in the ING New York City Marathon, and the people and communities their efforts support, we focus on Don Spalding and Christy.
A sophomore at Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow High School, Christy will make her Carnegie Hall debut on November 14 performing in Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, a Carnegie Hall education project.
Don Spalding, Director of the Carnegie Hall Patron Program, is running for Christy. Having spent years in the theater and traveling the country as an actor, singer, and dancer, Don came to Carnegie Hall in 1986. Music and arts education has always been a vital part of Don's life, connecting him more deeply to the world and giving him the confidence to perform. Don recognized the spark in Christy's eyes when she began to talk about learning and performing.
Until she was selected by audition to be an alto soloist for Too Hot to Handel, Christy could never have imagined this happening. Her experience in preparing for her solo last May at Harlem Stage has given her a newfound confidence and inspired her to continue. She recently told Don, "I can't wait to get back to school so I can learn the rest of the Too Hot to Handel songs!"
Although Don no longer performs regularly, he is excited to see firsthand the impact that Carnegie Hall's education programs have on aspiring artists like Christy. He runs for Christy as a reminder that a quality arts education doesn't just add an activity to a young person's life—it changes it forever.
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