Belmont/Lexington, MA – October 6, 2014
Students and faculty from Powers Music School will perform in a unique fundraising event on Saturday, November 1, the “Dare to Be Musical Gala & Prism Concert.” The event, held at the National Heritage Museum (at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Inc.) in Lexington from 6:00-10:30 p.m., will celebrate the achievements of current and former music students by featuring a wide variety of performers in an immersive concert experience, and will offer attendees a look at the importance of music in the community through a brief video presentation.
The prism concert will involve non-stop performances by various Powers chamber ensembles, soloists, and the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project at Powers (MYSP) Senior Orchestra, conducted by George Ogata.
Dr. Spencer Aston, Powers Music School’s Director of Music, explains the prism concert format. “We will be using the entire space in the auditorium including the stage in front of the curtain, the stage behind the curtain, the aisles, and every nook and cranny you can think of within the auditorium. When one act finishes we will immediately move onto the next event and maximize the listening experience for the audience.”
Audience members can expect to see musicians appear onstage, in the aisles, or even behind them in an acoustically produced surround-sound experience that will be different for each person depending on where he or she is sitting in the room.
Aston believes the prism concert format will best represent the wide variety of students, genres, instruments, and programs available at the school that have inspired the community for 50 years.
Faculty members Mike Shea, Kathryn Rosenbach, Guan-Ting Liao, and Joshua Nakazawa will perform during the cocktail hour along with students from the Powers Suzuki program. In addition to the MYSP Senior Orchestra, prism concert performers include jazz student Nick Madden, trumpet students Sami Belkadi, Alex Sun, Walker Thomas, Peter Travassos, Calvin Perkins, and Owen Kidd, french horn student Julien Hong, Suzuki guitar students Tommy Phillips, Robert Phillips, and Viola Monovich, cello student Isabelle Zheng, faculty members Lyubov Shlain and Maxim Lubarsky, former student Nelson Barrette with his teacher Lucy Sollogub, students Juna Gjata and Maria Penrice, Juyoung Song, and Andrew Lee.
All donations at the event will support the 50th Anniversary Legacy Campaign at Powers, a two-year plan to raise funds to help the school meet the changing needs of music students this year and into the future.
Belmont residents, neighbors, families connected to Powers, and the general public can honor a faculty member, staff member, or student by purchasing a message in the 50th Anniversary Almanac to be unveiled on the Powers website in November. Message space may be reserved by calling the school at 617-484-4696 or visiting www.powersmusic.org/galamessage.
Details and information for the Dare to Be Musical Gala & Prism Concert are available on the Powers Music School gala page.
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