Music Unites at The Warner Sound Captured by NikonNikon Inc. and Warner Music Group partnered with Music Unites—a non- profit organization that provides music education to students in under- served school districts—for a very special event that was held at South by Southwest® Music & Media Conference (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” presented two days and three nights of stellar showcase performances at Austin’s famed La Zona Rosa, on March 13th through 15th.
Music Unites: Empowering, Inspiring and Uniting NYC High School Students Through the Power of MusicThe arts and music education is always the first to go during budget cuts. As cutbacks continue, there is a greater need for music non-profit organizations like Music Unites, which transforms inner-city landscapes by empowering urban youth through music by providing services in the schools to help create and fund free after-school programs in underserved communities.
Music Unites -- What Music Means To MeI don’t know a single person who was never affected by music. Music is the only universal language we have that can cross any boundaries and break any barriers! Chances are, most of us probably don’t realize how music affects us. And that is partly because music educations all around America are being cut. Even in New York City, the city where the most artistic people come together, the city made up of dreamers.
Change Generation: Music Unites' Michelle Edgar Makes Soul MusicThink your internship sucks? Well take heart and heed the advice of Michelle Edgar, founder of the non-profit Music Unites. She went from being a music-loving magazine intern to director of branding for Warner Bros. Music, and then created a charity that gets kids off the streets in into a studio to record original songs. This video also kicks off the new season of our Change Generation video series.
EMI, Downtown, Shapiro Bernstein and Savoir Adore Educate at ASCAP's Night SchoolCopyrights, co-publishing, exploitation, synchronization; these are some of the terms that were thrown around throughout the first class of ASCAP and Music Unites' Night School series. The joint endeavor, created to provide support and accessibility to emerging musical artists, kicked off Tuesday night at New York's Norwood Club with ‘Music Publishing 101'. The dimly lit fourth floor parlor served as classroom, and the professors; a panel of publishing management from Downtown, Shapiro Bernstein and EMI. ASCAP's Director, Pop/Rock and Film & TV Music Marc Emert-Hutner guided the casual discussion, allowing the panel to share their diverse experiences within the industry with the room of 50 participants. Those in attendance were mostly writers and performers but the group also included managers and lawyers.
ASCAP and Music Unites' Night School Kick OffCopyrights, co-publishing, exploitation, synchronization; these are some of the terms that were thrown around throughout the first class of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and Music Unites' Night School series. The joint endeavor, created to provide support and accessibility to emerging musicians, kicked off Tuesday night at the Norwood Club with 'Music Publishing 101'.
ASCAP AND MUSIC UNITES PARTNER TO PRESENT ASCAP'S NIGHT SCHOOLMusic Unites is joining with ASCAP tomorrow night to present "ASCAP's Night School: Publishing 101" the first in a series of four workshop panels developed to educate songwriters, labels and others involved in the music industry. The evening will culminate with a special performance by Cantora Records artist Savoir Adore.
AXE Music 'One Night Only' Chicago Concert Featuring O.A.R. Donates Funds to Music UnitesThis year, AXE Music "One Night Only" concert series is visiting U.S. cities across the country, throwing shows with surprise guests like Weezer for one night only appearances. While giving people an opportunity to see their favorite band, they have also used it as a way to give back by donating funds from their Chicago concert on October 18, 2010 to Music Unites, a nonprofit organization that funds music education in inner city schools.
Band members of O.A.R. and Music UnitesBand members of O.A.R. and Music Unites Founder and Executive Director Michelle Edgar attend the AXE Music One Night Only Concert at Metro on October 19, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
Band members of O.A.R. and Music Unites Founder and Executive Director Michelle EdgarBand members of O.A.R. and Music Unites Founder and Executive Director Michelle Edgar attend the AXE Music One Night Only Concert at Metro on October 19, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
Spotted!O.A.R. (pictured) performs for the AXE Music “One Night Only” Concert series in Chicago, IL. In celebration of the series’ third show, AXE Music made a donation to Music Unites, a non-profit organization that brings music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems.
Chasing a Little Flame: Diane Birch Finds Her VoiceSinger/songwriter Diane Birch is on a roll. She released her first studio album, Bible Belt, to strong reviews in May 2009, and spent January on tour with Nick Jonas. She’s also involved with Music Unites, a nonprofit that brings music education to children in underfunded inner city schools. The group recently launched an initiative that promotes female artists who are also role models – and who are passionate about giving back to their community. Teen Voices’ Michelle Golden caught up with Birch after she performed at the Empowering Women Through Music Initiative event in New York on October 4.
Empowering Women Through MusicNonprofit organization Music Unites along with Garnier Fructis and Rolling Stone launched an initiative Monday to empower women through music with performances by violinist Caitlin Moe and singer Diane Birch at Le Bain.
Ms. Birch is working on a follow-up to her debut, "Bible Belt," and said she felt empowered by singer Nina Simone.
"In every aspect of her life she was such a force," said Ms. Birch. "The fact that I could potentially inspire people like she did is really exciting for me."
Last Night’s Parties: Music Unites Some Fashionable Girls With Major Talent at Le BainLast Night, we went to Le Bain for an artist showcase presented by Music Unites, a non-profit dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems, as well as supporting emerging artists. It was a very cool party for a very cool cause with the added bonus of some live music by very stylish up-and-comers Mia Moretti, Caitlin Moe and Diane Birch.
DJ Mia Moretti, Caitlin Moe, Diane Birch Come Together For 'Music Unites'The weather in New York City may have been dreary on Monday night, but nothing could dampen the spirits at the kick-off concert launching Music Unites' Empowering Women Through Music Initiative.
With an unhindered view of the Hudson River from atop the Standard Hotel, violin vixen Caitlin Moe and her performance partner DJ Mia Moretti got the party started with a remix of La Roux's "I'm Not Your Toy." With a reputation for giving high-powered performances -- from sets at Richie Rich's fall runway show to Chelsea Clinton's wedding reception -- Moe added her fiery violin accompaniment to every dance track Moretti threw her way.
Diane Birch, Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe Launch Music Initiative to Empower WomenWhile the late 1990's may have been the era of the boy band, the late aughts have given rise to powerful female artists. To celebrate these women in music and support the next generation of female talent, the non-profit Music Unites is launching its second major initiative, Empowering Women Through Music, after successfully funding its first philanthropic focus the Music Unites Youth Choir. The goal of the initiative is to empower, inspire, and help young women learn through educational and musical showcases, workshops, and panels. Music Unites joined Rolling Stone and Garnier Fructis to kick off the program with a special benefit concert featuring Diane Birch, Mia Morretti and Caitlin Moe on Oct.4 at The Standard NYC's Le Bain.
Music Unites Party And More From The GofG GalleriesLe Bain was packed last night for the Music Unites party, and we got some crazy pictures of Caitlin Moe and Mia Moretti in action. Check out what other pictures our photographers snapped last night, from the newest GofG Galleries....
TICKET ALERT-Music Unites Womens EmpowermentMusic Unites kicks off their second major initiative for Women’s Empowerment through music, at the Standard Hotel’s Le Bain on October 4, with performances by Diane Birch, Mia Moretti, & Caitlin Moe. Come by and enjoy some great Absolut cocktails, music, and nice goodie bags by LeSportsac
Sting and wife Trudie Styler, celebrating the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann at Jazz at Lincoln CenterSting and wife Trudie Styler, celebrating the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann at Jazz at Lincoln Center by performing "Twin Spirits," a reading of letters between the composer and his wife Clara. After the performance, which raised money for Music Unites, the two mingled with the audience, and Sting kissed his wife on the cheek.
"Twin Spirits" Special New York Performance - After PartyActor Joel Gray and Sting attend the special performance of 'Twin Spirits' at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on June 30, 2010 in New York City.
In the Spirit: Sting and Trudie StylerSpirits has been done several times by the couple; most notably for Prince Charles at Windsor Castle. But there is something markedly poignant about this performance. For a small audience of several hundred, as the sun set behind the floor-to-ceiling windows at Jazz at Lincoln Center overlooking Columbus Circle, the duo performed Twin Spirits for a truly New York crowd (proceeds from the event benefited Music Unites, a non-profit dedicated to bringing music education to children in under-funded inner city school systems). It was only the second time taking up the Schumann's mantle in New York, and even Mayor Bloomberg stood awestruck in standing-room only. (Also, this marks a bit of a summer break for the two. "Tomorrow, I get to go back to Europe and spend time with my family," Styler says. "So this is a bit of a send-off for me.") "The story keeps being drawn to us," Styler explains. "It's a glorious story. So romantic." Her husband concurs. "It's so powerful, and afterwards the audience rushed to re-examine the Schumann's–both of them–body of work."
Sting, Trudie Styler: 19th Century Love LettersSting is a major rock star and Trudie Styler, his wife, is a political activist and movie producer with an acting background. So you don’t expect them to go all 19th century, but that’s what they did last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In the Allen Room, for a charity called the Culture Project and Music Unites, they performed their own version of an 1837 “Love Letters.”
The audience consisted of no less than Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Denise Rich, actor Richard Kind, screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, movie producer Bonnie Timmerman, and classical pianist Steven Masi, and loads of well heeled patrons who donated to a fund that keeps music education in schools. They got their money’s worth, too: the piece, conceived by John Caird, is a keeper. It’s also well-tailored for the couple.
Sting & Styler Lead 'Twin Spirits' for Culture ProjectCulture Project (Allan Buchman, Artistic Director) presented Twin Spirits, a special New York performance celebrating the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann, last night, June 30. The event was broadcast LIVE on SIRIUS XM Pops - satellite radio's home for Classical's Greatest Hits. BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the event.
An intimate theatrical event devised and directed for the stage by Tony® Award-winner John Caird, Twin Spirits featured Sting, Trudie Styler and Joshua Bell with narration by Academy® Award-nominee David Strathairn, among other artists at The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Twin Spirits is a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between composer Robert Schumann and wife Clara Wieck. Sting joined his wife, actress, producer and philanthropist Trudie Styler to read from the letters between Robert and Clara
Sting, Joshua Bell, Joel Grey, Nathan Gunn, Richard Kind, et al. at Twin Spirits PerformanceSting and his wife, Trudie Styler, starred in a benefit performance of Twin Spirits, which was presented by the Culture Project at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday, June 30.
The event, which celebrated the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann, was devised and directed for the stage by Tony Award-winner John Caird, and narrated by David Straithairn. It is a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between composer Robert Schumann (Sting) and wife Clara Wieck (Styler).
Guests at the event included actors Richard Kind and Joel Grey; New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; musicians Denise Rich and Mickey Sumner; broadcast journalist Trish Regan; and Sabrina Holkar, princess of Indore.
A portion of the proceeds from the performance will benefit the Music Unites Youth Choir, bringing together public high school students from across the five boroughs.
Sting, Styler, Strathairn and More Present Twin SpiritsDavid Strathairn, Sting, Trudie Styler and Joshua Bell took part in Twin Spirits, a sold-out theatrical musical event held June 30 in celebration of composer Robert Schumann's 200th birthday. The Culture Project presented the evening.
Sting and Styler Perform in "Twin Spirits"Husband and wife Sting and Trudie Styler passionately portrayed the love of husband and wife Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck at a performance of “Twin Spirits” in the Allen Room of Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center Wednesday night.
The musical and theatrical show, which was first performed five years ago, centers on letters written by Schumann (read by Sting) and Wieck (read by Styler) that chronicle a budding love affair and the eventual marriage of the German composer to the pianist during the first half of the 19th century — and Schumann’s eventual decline into madness after the early deaths of his contemporaries. The show has been performed several times in the U.S. and the U.K., including at Windsor Castle for Prince Charles.
“It’s always a moving piece. The story is very affecting,” Sting said during an interview at a reception following the show. “People are always…It’s the same result, people are crying. And then they want to go and listen to the music of Schumann again — both Clara and Robert. So it’s been a success.”
Wednesday’s show, which was presented by Culture Project, celebrated Schumann’s 200th birthday, and a percentage of the evening’s proceeds are to benefit the Music Unites Youth
Sting Takes On The Role Of Romantic ComposerSinger-songwriter Sting recently portrayed 19th-century German Romantic composer Robert Schumann in "Twin Spirits," presented by the Culture Project.
The play, which helped celebrate the 200th anniversary of Schumann's birth, is made up love letters between the composer, and his wife, Clara Schumann, who was also a composer. The two lovers' music accompanies their words.
Sting's wife, actress-producer Trudie Styler, portrays Clara Schumann.
George Whipple: Now, your wife is a classically-trained actress. How do you feel competing with her on the stage?
Sting: Well, if I'm competing with her, I've lost. Forget it! I'm just trying to hold my end up and get the words right and don't stutter. If I can do that, then it's a success.
Styler was proud of where she performed the project.
"It's a beautiful love story, it has amazing music and Clara Schumann was, I think, a little-known musician and composer but she's getting now lots of play. A lot of female composers and pianists are playing a lot of her stuff, so I'm thrilled about that," said Styler. "And we've done it about five times, mostly in England. Did it once at Windsor Castle, once at Salzburg Cathedral and the Royal Opera House."
Violinist Joshua Bell was part of the crew that performed the Schumanns' music.
"It's a very interesting way of hearing music in the context of the letters of Clara and Robert Schumann. It's a very touching story," said Bell.
Part of the proceeds when to Music Unites, which promotes music in New York City schools. Schooling is not unfamiliar to Sting, as he was once a teacher.
Sting's 19th century performance for charityRock star Sting and his wife Trudie Styler last night delivered a 19th century performance for charity at Jazz at Lincoln Center. For a cause called the Culture Project and Music Unites, the couple gave their own version of an 1837 "Love Letters."
Against a sunset over Fifth Avenue background, Sting and Trudie performed "Twin Spirits," that is based on the letters between composer Robert Schumann and his decade-younger pianist wife Clara Wieck.
Actor David Straithairn narrated and Joshua Bell was on violin. Singers Nathan Gunn and Camille Zamora were also part of the show.
Notable figures in the audience were Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Denise Rich, actor Richard Kind, screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, movie producer Bonnie Timmerman, and classical pianist Steven Masi.
Loads of rich patrons also attended the event, donating to a fund
Sting and Trudie in Love: Twin Spirits at Lincoln CenterThe true love story of music legends Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck is the stuff of 19th century sturm und drang: forbidden love, lofty language, melancholy, and early death. Portraying this passionate couple on Wednesday evening, Sting in waistcoat, with his wife, actor, producer, political activist, Trudie Styler, begowned in a splendid black Roland Mouret strapless swept across the stage at the Allen Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Silhouetted against the expansive darkening sky over Central Park, the players looked iconic, the night magic, for an awestruck packed house.
The Culture Project in association with Music Unites hosted this special production of Twin Spirits, in celebration of Robert Schumann's 200th birthday. Narrated by David Strathairn, the program featured violinist Joshua Bell, pianists Jeremy Denk and Natasha Paremski, cellist Nina Kotova. Nathan Gunn and Camille Zamora portrayed Robert and Clara in song. In a collaboration that dates back to 2005, director John Caird crafted this "poetic meditation" on passionate love, combining Robert and Clara's love letters, their marriage diary, with compositions mostly from Robert Schumann with additional music from Chopin and Mozart.
Sting, Trudie Styler: 'Twin Spirits' on StageSting and Trudie Styler tried to mingle at the reception for their cross-genre work "Twin Spirits," but the heavy scrum of fans, media and well-wishers was tight around them.
Sting and Trudie Styler attend the special performance of "Twin Spirits" at Frederick P. Rose Hall.
.And understandably so. As audience-member and songwriter Denise Rich put it: "I went into another world. They were so in sync. Now I'm going to go home and listen to the music."
The program—in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night—brought together a long list of talents. Sting and Ms. Styler, sitting on opposite sides of the stage, read portions of the love letters exchanged between two 19th-century lovebirds, Robert and Clara Schumann.
Flanking them were two groups of classical musicians, all male for him (Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Nathan Gunn) and all female for her (Nina Kotova, Natasha Paremski, Camille Zamora). David Strathairn served as a narrator and explained the factual bits. To amplify the spoken word, the musicians played 21 portions of work composed by both Schumanns, Mozart and Chopin.
Robert and Clara And Sting and Trudie“Twin Spirits,” a 100-minute hybrid theater piece and concert in which Sting and his wife, the actress Trudie Styler, appeared on Wednesday evening at the Allen Room. The work, written and directed by John Caird and first performed at Covent Garden in 2005, is meant to bring to life the romance between Robert and Clara Schumann. A 2007 performance, also at Covent Garden, has been released as an Opus Arte DVD.
Sting makes no attempt to sing Schumann’s lieder in this production; the vocal music is the province of a baritone and a soprano. Instead Sting portrays the composer, reading from his letters to Clara Wieck during their long courtship and from the joint diary they started when they married in 1840. Ms. Styler plays Clara and reads her end of the correspondence.
Not much acting is called for. Sting and Ms. Styler remained seated through most of the production, but to their credit, they endowed the Schumanns’ letters with a sense of the emotion behind them: amusingly in the case of Schumann’s playful, mildly eccentric early missives; poignantly when Clara reports on Schumann’s madness, institutionalization and death.
It is easy to see “Twin Spirits” and shows like it as Music Education Lite. But part of the point here was to raise money for the real thing. Some of the proceeds from the Wednesday evening performance (and several earlier ones) will go to Music Unites, an organization that underwrites music education programs for underprivileged children
DJ Alexandra Richards: Dad Keith Would Rather I Play an InstrumentAlexandra Richards, the 24-year-old daughter of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, said her famous father would rather she play an instrument than DJ.
“Making the crowds dance is my favorite part,” the New York-based blonde stunner told Niteside during a recent email interview. “I love sharing it with other people.”
This fall, Richards will take on a new venture with the Music Unites Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which works to strengthen the self-esteem of young women around the world.
The Fiery Furnaces Join Music Unites and Rolling Stone to Raise Money for Music EducationMusic Unites has joined with Rolling Stone magazine this summer to present the "In Tune" concert series featuring unplugged performances by emerging and established bands. Brooklyn-based, critically acclaimed indie veterans The Fiery Furnaces, led by brother and sister duo Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, will kick off the series with an intimate performance this Tuesday overlooking New York City from The Cooper Square Hotel Penthouse. On the road for 12 months, this is the last stop on their tour and the final chance to hear them before they began working on their new album.
"We're honored to have The Fiery Furnaces be part of Music Unites and welcome them to our community," says Michelle Edgar, founder and executive director. "It's exciting to work with a New York based group that shares the same vision as we do and we're excited to work together and support their charitable endeavors."
Proceeds from the event benefit Music Unites Youth Choir, made up of children from the city and its five boroughs in partnership with Young Audiences New York. Members practice weekly and are given access to well-known cultural venues for performances and the support they need to follow their dream and form their talent. Music Unites is proud to announce that the first year has been successfully funded for the choir and the organization is hoping to reach its goal of funding it for three years by fall.
Music Unites: Inspiration and Music Education in Motion Across NYCMIDTOWN, MANHATTAN: Charged up is a good way to describe the onset of Music Unites. A non-profit focused on bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems, Music Unites is one of many emerging organizations with an ambitious agenda.
A classically-trained pianist, Michelle Edgar launched Music Unites in mid-2009, after looking extensively for a charity that she would be thrilled to donate $1000 to. But lacking a match, she moved fast to start her own philanthropic program. Just a year later, Music Unites has made itself heard quickly by hosting innovative events, then following up with a star-powered style of community outreach that appears to be resonating.
The founder filled us in on the eve of two notable events in one week. First they’re teaming with Rolling Stone to present InTune with the Fiery Furnaces and DJ Alexandra Richards downtown on Tuesday, 6/29. The next day, Wednesday 6/30, Music Unites will be the sole charitable beneficiary of an anticipated Culture Project production, the performance of “Twin Spirits” with Sting and Trudie Styler at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Real Close FriendsReal Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub and gal pal Lori Michaels attended the Music Unites and Rolling Stone series in NYC Tuesday.
Rolling Stone & Music Unites' IN TUNE Unplugged Series - The Fiery FurnacesEleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces performs at the Music Unites and Rolling Stone series at the Cooper Square Penthouse on June 29, 2010 in New York City.
Day Life- Rolling StoneActor Eric West attends the Music Unites and Rolling Stone series at the Cooper Square Penthouse on June 29, 2010 in New York City.
Music Unites And Rolling Stone Present The Fiery FurnacesMusic Unites and Rolling Stone Magazine hosted an event featuring musicians The Fiery Furnaces. The showcase concert was attended by many of the city's local reality stars including "The Real Housewives of New Jersey's'" Danielle Staub and "The City's" Samantha Swerta in addition to New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer and Heatherette designer Richie Rich.
The evening was spent on the rooftop and penthouse of the Cooper Square Hotel where guests got a chance to listen to The Fiery Furnaces in a live performance. The crowd was a mixture of music lovers, New Yorkers, and some of the city's major social scene. Among the attendants, we were surprised by the appearance of crazy/paranoid Danielle Staub, or more like the lack of appearance of her body guards and entourage. She seemed "sane"…as of now. It seemed like a great night as exemplified by Swerta's tweet, "Love u guys RT @XxPJC: @SamanthaSwetra couldn't be happier. Best. Night. Ever. Just wish becks (@beckadiamond) were here!!" (so glad she didn't decide to tweet about "The City" every other minute of the show like her fellow co-stars cough cough Whitney Port and Roxy Olin).
Sponsors Perry Ellis and Absolut Vodka guaranteed that the finest were seen and that they drank the finest drinks. Spike Lee's limited edition Absolut Brooklyn was specifically featured as the main spirit. The expansive view of the city, strong cocktails, and breezy weather made the event a hit.
Backstage With…The Fiery FurnacesOpportunities to see Brooklyn-based brother-sister act the Fiery Furnaces have happily abounded lately: The acclaimed indie duo just wrapped a yearlong tour that included a gig at their home borough’s Northside Festival this weekend.
But last night’s show, part of Rolling Stone and Music Unites’ “In Tune” summer concert series, had the added cool factor of a DJ set by Alexandra Richards—not to mention the swank backdrop of the Cooper Square Hotel penthouse and a worthwhile cause (proceeds benefited the Music Unites Youth Choir).
Post-performance, we caught up with bandmates Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger.
Trudie Styler on Morning ShowTrudie Styler, philanthropist and wife of legendary singer Sting, is sharing the stage with her husband on Wednesday for a good cause. The musical event at Lincoln Center will benefit the Music Unites Youth Choir.
Styler is an actress, philanthropist and now a fitness guru. She talked about her Gaiam fitness DVDs. Her performance Wednesday night with Sting in Twin Spirits celebrates the 200th anniversary of composer Robert Schumann's birthday.
Sting and Trudie Styler Hit the Stage for One Night OnlyIt began with a piano.
Allan Buchman, Artistic Director of the Culture Project, sold Sting and Trudie Styler a Bosendorfer piano, when he was a distributor and dealer of fine pianos in New York. Years later, Styler invited him to a screening of the DVD of “Twin Spirits,” an epistolary drama with music about the romance between composer Robert Schumann and his wife Clara. It had first been produced in 2005, as a benefit for the Royal Opera House; the DVD was recorded in 2007.
Styler said, “it would be nice if we did this live again.”
Buchman said “I’ll produce it.”
The performance celebrates the 200th birthday of Robert Schumann and benefits the Music Unites Youth Choir, a group that brings together public high school students from all five boroughs.
Joshua Bell, Nathan Gunn, Sting, Trudie Styler, et al. Set for Twin SpiritsPop star and Broadway veteran Sting will join his wife, actress, producer and philanthropist Trudie Styler in Twin Spirits, a special New York performance celebrating the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann, to be presented by the Culture Project at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday, June 30, 7:30pm.
Devised and directed for the stage by Tony Award-winner John Caird, the piece is is a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between composer Robert Schumann (Sting) and wife Clara Wieck (Styler).
A portion of the proceeds from the performance will benefit the Music Unites Youth Choir
TWIN SPIRITS: A UNIQUE EVENT OF MUSIC AND THEATERTwin Spirits is a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between composer Robert Schumann and wife Clara Wieck. Sting joins his wife, actress, producer and philanthropist Trudie Styler to read from the letters between Robert and Clara. Their story is illustrated and interwoven with music composed by Robert – whose spirit will be embodied by pianist Jeremy Denk, baritone Nathan Gunn and violinist Joshua Bell – and by Clara, who is evoked by pianist Natasha Paremski, soprano Camille Zamora, and cellist Nina Kotova.
A portion of the proceeds from the performance will benefit the Music Unites Youth Choir
Sting & Trudie Styler joined by Joshua Bell in celebration of composer Robert Schumann's 200th birthday at Jazz at Lincoln Center June 30thCulture Project in a special association with Music Unites presents "Twin Spirits" a unique event of music and theater devised and directed for the stage by John Caird featuring Sting as Robert Schumann and Trudie Styler as Clara Weick.
John Caird to Direct Sting, Styler, Gunn, Bell and More in Schumann-Inspired Twin SpiritsSting, Trudie Styler and Joshua Bell will appear in Twin Spirits, a theatrical musical event June 30 in Manhattan in celebration of the composer Robert Schumann's 200th birthday. Tony Award winner John Caird, the co-director of Les Miserables, devised and will direct the show for Culture Project. A portion of the proceeds from the performance will benefit the Music Unites Youth Choir, bringing together public high school students from across the five boroughs.
Culture Project And Music Unites Presents TWIN SPIRITS With Sting, Styler On 6/30; Caird DirectsCulture Project (Allan Buchman, Artistic Director) announced today (on the actual date of Robert Schumann's 200th birthday) that it will present a very special New York performance celebrating the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann with a special performance of Twin Spirits, an intimate theatrical event devised and directed for the stage by Tony Award-winner John Caird, and featuring Sting, Trudie Styler and Joshua Bell, among other artists, on Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m, at The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.
Classical Music Showcase with Violinist Mikhail SimonyanRussian-Armenian violinist Mikhail Simonyan, hailed as having “a flawless, liquid line and ravishing tone,” by The Washington Post, will join together with musicians from the New York Philharmonic in an evening hosted by Music Unites to benefit the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul, as part of Mikhail’s Beethoven Not Bullets initiative.
Russian Violinist Simonyan Fiddles to Fund Afghan Music SchoolLast year, Mikhail Simonyan read an article about how Afghan youths were deprived of music instruction under the Taliban. The Russian violinist could recall stories about artistic expression being stifled in his own country.
So six months ago Simonyan launched Beethoven Not Bullets, a nonprofit, to help raise money for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
Simonyan, who was 13 when he made his debut at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, will gather with friends from the New York Philharmonic tonight at City Winery to raise money for Afghan music school. His performance is part of a classical showcase produced by Music Unites, a New York nonprofit that helps needy students get music instruction
Music Unites Classical Music Showcase With Violinist Mikhail Simonyan: Music for a CauseMusic Unites Classical Music Showcase with violinist Mikhail Simonyan performed at City Winery two nights ago. Simonyan and the New York Philharmonic collaborated to raise money for Music Unites and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul, the only music school in Afghanistan
Music Unites Presents: VIOLINIST MIKHAIL SIMONYAN With Musicians of the New York Philharmonic - Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) BenefitCity Winery says:
Music Unites to host Classical Music Showcase Series
In conjunction with Beethoven Not Bullets & City Winery
VIOLINIST MIKHAIL SIMONYAN
With Musicians of the New York Philharmonic
Benefitting the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM)
Music Unites: Mikhail Simonyan & New York Philharmonic musicians in benefit for Afghanistan National Institute of MusicRussian-Armenian violinist Mikhail Simonyan, hailed as having “a flawless, liquid line and ravishing tone,” by The Washington Post, will join together with musicians from the New York Philharmonic in an evening hosted by Music Unites to benefit the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul, as part of Simonyan’s Beethoven Not Bullets initiative
Violinist.com interview with Mikhail Simonyan: Bringing Music to AfghanistanViolinist Mikhail Simonyan will give his New York Philharmonic debut – a rather big deal for anyone – in just a few weeks. But weighing equally on his mind is a project close to his heart, an initiative he started called "Beethoven, Not Bullets," to support efforts to bring music education – and for that matter, music itself – to the children of Afghanistan.
Simonyan will play the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the New York Philharmonic in a series of concerts called From Russia With Love, June 29 and 30 at Avery Fisher Hall.
On Monday, though, he will share the stage with New York Phil musicians in a concert at City Winery sponsored by Music Unites, with the aim of raising money to support 50 students in their first year of study at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), at a cost of $360 per student.
"It's not like we're trying to persuade them to be more involved in music, we're really starting the musical education from scratch," Simonyan said of the effort to bring music education to Afghanistan. "People there don't know anything about it. It's not like they don't want to know – music was prohibited. You could have been killed if they found you with a recording of a Mozart violin concerto."
Mikhail Simonyan in Benefit for Afghanistan Music SchoolAs part of his “Beethoven Not Bullets” initiative, Russian-Armenian violinist Mikhail Simonyan joins musicians from the New York Philharmonic on June 14 in a concert to benefit the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. The concert, presented by Music Unites and City Winery, will feature music written by legendary violin virtuoso and composer Nathan Milstein, Johan Halvorsen’s notoriously difficult passacaglia for violin and viola on a theme by Handel, and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25, No. 1, for piano, violin, viola and cello. Simonyan will join the full New York Philharmonic for his debut as soloist June 29 and 30 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall
Music Unites: Mikhail Simonyan & New York Philharmonic musicians in benefit for Afghanistan National Institute of Music
Music Unites Brings Together Artists Across Genres to Celebrate AnniversaryMusic Unites celebrated its one year anniversary this week with a blowout bash overlooking the Manhattan skyline at the Cooper Square Hotel Penthouse. Supporters of this important cause, including Tinsley Mortimer, The Postelles, Richie Rich, and model/actor Eric West toasted to Music Unites' commitment to bring music education into underfunded inner city school districts. Guests sipped on Double Cross cocktails and AriZona Beverages, while enjoying Cupcake Stop's deserts designed especially for the special occasion.
This sense of closeness amongst guests was buoyed by the high energy vibe of the night, propelled forward by seven performers who took the stage including Jaicko, Matt White, NIIA, Tamarama, Maino, Rachel Platten and As Tall As Lions with DJ sets in between by DJ DL.
Music Unites celebrates first year with eight actsOn Monday, May 17, non-profit Music Unites celebrated its first anniversary and founder Michelle Edgar's birthday with live performances by Tamarama, As Tall As Lions, Matt White, Jaicko, NIIA, Rachel Platten, DJ DL and Maino in The Cooper Square Hotel's penthouse apartment-turned-chic venue.
The New York-based organization is dedicated to supporting emerging and established musicians across all genres, while supporting music educational programs in lesser served communities and underwriting free public concerts.
Thanks to event sponsor AriZona Beverages and the sold out crowd, including Tinsley Mortimer and Richie Rich, funds were raised for the Music Unites Youth Choir (MUYC) and providing its members access to well-known cultural venues for practice and performances via a special partnership with the Young Audiences New York (YANY).
The MUYC made their debut on March 2 at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to The Who, accompanied by renowned artists Patti Smith and Bobby McFerrin. For further information on Music Unites, the MUYC, Women's Empowerment Movement and Classical Music Series or to donate, please visit musicunites.org.
Music Unites Celebrates Its First Birthday!Today’s up-and-coming artists were out in force on Monday night to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Music Unites at Cooper Square Penthouse in NYC. Musicians like Tamarama, Jaicko, Rachel Platten, Maino, As Tall As Lions, NIIA, Matt White and DJ DL came together from different genres and areas of music to celebrate the non-profit organization.
Tinsley Mortimer, Richie Rich, The Postelles and Eric West also celebrated Music Unites at the event sponsored by Annie O. Music Series and the Cooper Square Hotel, sipping on Double Cross mixed drinks and Arizona Iced Tea.
Music Unites is dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems, with past events at cultural events from the United Nations, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and featuring artists from Sting to Mark Ronson.
Tinsley Mortimer Set to Film New Season of Reality Series This SummerSocialite-turned-reality starlet Tinsley Mortimer said last night that she'll begin shooting a new season of her recently wrapped reality series "High Society" this summer in the Hamptons.
"I kinda feel like I'm getting back to normal life," said Mortimer, enjoying herself without a camera crew in tow as she attended the Music Unites one-year anniversary bash on the rooftop of the Cooper Square Hotel Monday night.
"But I loved [High Society] and I just look forward to doing another season," she said. "We're doing it in the Hamptons [this summer]. ... That's the plan but, you know, nothing's ever final, and we haven't made a formal announcement but we're working towards that."
Music Unites celebrated their one-year anniversary of bringing music education to inner city school's with under-funded arts programs, as well as the birthday of executive director and founder Michelle Edgar.
A Year of Music UnitesMusic Unites honored its first anniversary and its founder Michelle Edgar’s birthday on Monday at the Cooper Square Hotel. The party was graced with musical performances by Tamarama, As Tall As Lions, Matt White, Jaicko, NIIA, Rachel Platten and DJ DL and Maino. All funds raised at the event were donated to help the Music Unites Youth Choir (MUYC).
Working as a non-profit organization, Music Unites is devoted to aiding and supporting musicians. Its focus is on supporting established as well as emerging artists while promoting musical education programs in underprivileged communities by sponsoring free public concerts. The organization helped its focus of its first year, MUYC, gain access to venues for practices and performances.
Over the past year, thanks in part to partnerships with Young Audiences New York and Education Through Music, Music Unites was able to help MUYC by bringing Jaicko and John Forte to MUYC and inner-city schools as well as debuting MUYC in a concert tribute to The Who at Carnegie Hall. Music Unites has also held additional benefit concerts and launched a Classical Music Series and Women’s Empowerment Movement.
Attendees of the event, which was sponsored by AriZona, included Tinsley Mortimer, Eric West and Richie Rich.
Music Unites Celebrates: One Year AnniversaryThe rooftop penthouse suite of the Cooper Union Hotel provided the perfect locale for a great party with an even greater mission on Monday night. Music Unites is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for all genres and styles of music to be played and heard throughout New York. Celebrating its One Year Anniversary in a major way, Music Unites' focus was geared toward raising funds and awareness for the Music Unites Youth Choir- an after school program for high school students.
Monday's event was definitely a successful one-two punch. Not only was it Music Unites' birthday, but also that of Founder and Executive Director Michelle Edgar. Panoramic views of twinkling city lights, a fully stocked bar from sponsors Arizona Beverage Company and Double Cross Vodka (with bottled extras chilled in the tub/makeshift cooler) and throngs of the well dressed sipping mixed drinks, made for a relaxingly cool atmosphere.
MUSIC UNITES CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARYIt was just one year ago that New York-based charity Music Unites was founded by Michelle Edgar to support music education in underfunded inner city school districts and bring music to underserved communities. As a classically trained pianist, Michelle has always had a deep appreciation for various types of music across all genres. After attending Sting and Trudie Styler's Rainforest Foundation benefit gala at Carnegie Hall several years ago, she was inspired. She saw the crucial need for a program that reaches the city's youth while supporting emerging and established musicians across the spectrum and involves all members of the broader Manhattan community.
"I wanted to create a community that supported emerging and established musicians across all genres, while giving back to underserved communities in need of musical rejuvenation and providing students who wouldn't traditionally have the means an opportunity to experience and study music," said Edgar.
Music Unites Hits A High Note With Charlie SiemOn Thursday, Music Unites hosted a private benefit concert at SPiN New York, which featured violinist Charlie Siem and DJ Jamie Biden as part of the Classical Music Showcase Series.-
Though only a child of the 80s, Siem started playing violin at the tender age of 3 and has since displayed his musical talent in places like the UN, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Moscow Philharmonic, and festivals like the Windsor, Spoleto, St. Moritz and Gstaad. If all of that means nothing to you, I'll break it down: this guy is goooooood, and if you trot on over to iTunes in 2011, you'll be able to purchase his album. Oh, and he's probably younger than you. (Yeah, that last one packs a punch, right?)
But as the name of the non-profit states, music is supposed to unite – not make the rest of us feel like we haven't accomplished anything. And by showing the tremendous talent of upcoming musicians and supporting educational programs and free public concerts, it does just that — and inspires us to clean off the recorder we haven't touched since third grade. (Why not, right?)
OK!-bebe Photo Shoot with Kaci BattagliaIn support of Music Unites, bebe and OK! have partnered together to acknowledge Curb/Warner Records artist Kaci Battaglia as one of the most exciting and emerging ‘Fresh Faces of Music.’ Kaci joins bebe to bring attention to Music Unites, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging and established musicians across all genres to fund music education programs
VIDEO: OK!-bebe Photo Shoot with Jadyn MariaIn support of Music Unites, bebe and OK! have partnered together to acknowledge Compound/Universal Motown artist Jadyn Maria as one of the most exciting and emerging ‘Fresh Faces of Music.’ Jadyn Maria joins bebe to bring attention to Music Unites, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging and established musicians across all genres to fund music education programs.
Jaicko Partners with 'Music Unites' Charity to Inspire StudentsIt's not everyday that a pop star stops by a middle school and performs his newest single. But that's exactly what happened on March 26 when Jaicko, the up-and-coming Barbadian singer, visited students at St. Mark the Evangelist School in Harlem.
Jaicko, who's only 18, spoke to the group of 5th through 8th graders about his own experience with music growing up and then performed three songs from his upcoming debut album, Can I (Capitol), that had the students clapping and singing along. Music Unites and Education Through Music, two non-profits that work to bring music education into underserved schools, organized the event, which Jaicko says was a great experience. "Music in school really helps kids," he says. "It really expands your mind and calms your soul. It's part of how we live."
Billboard Bits: Simon Cowell, Elton John, Jack White, Melanie FionaLast night (March 16), Music Unites held its first "Empowering Women Through Music" initiative with an acoustic performance from R&B singer Melanie Fiona, who also serves as the official ambassador of the program. Billboard.com was in the house to see Fiona sing her tracks "Give It To Me Right," "Teach Him," chart-topper "It Kills Me," and upcoming single, "Ay Yo."
Music Unites Ambassador Melanie Fiona Launches Empowering Women Through Music InitiativeSince the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, The Bridge, R&B singer Melanie Fiona has been on a quick rise to stardom: In just the past few months she earned a Grammy nomination, scored a No. 1 hit on the R&B charts, appeared on Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Kimmel Live and graced the pages of Billboard, the New York Times, Nylon and even Italian Vanity Fair. On March 16, just prior to starting her tour opening for Alicia Keys, she joined Music Unites to kick off our Women's Empowerment initiative with an intimate acoustic concert at the Cooper Square Hotel Penthouse. DJ Chelsea Leyland spun inside and Melanie mingled with guests such as Tinsley Mortimer, Ryan Leslie, Eric West and Jeannine Ortega.
With a panoramic background of New York at night behind them, guests bobbed their heads as Melanie performed favorite chart toppers "It Kills Me" and "Give It To Me Right," and raised their hands in the air with approval as she belted out her soon-to-be-released single "Ayo."
Tinsley Mortimer Joins Music Unites For Performance From Melanie FionaMusic Unites brings concert events to influential audiences to present them with established and up and coming musicians. Their goal is to enrich the musical community with a love of the art form. Last night's event was the launch of Music Unites' Empowering Women Through Music initiative.
Melanie Fiona performed to a packed (pent)house. Guests were greeting and praising her afterward. Melanie had also debuted the bracelet she co-designed, with Gina Nigrelli, last night. All of the proceeds from the jewelry will go to the Music Unites Youth Choir.
Following the personal performance from Melanie, a DJ started playing and the rest of the night was spent mingling and enjoying the beautiful spring night. In attendance along with Tinsley and Melanie, were Ryan Leslie, Jeannie Ortega, and Eric West.
Melanie Fiona Gives a Private Show Before Touring With Alicia KeysGrammy-nominated R&B songstress Melanie Fiona kicks off her tour with Alicia Keys at Madison Square Garden tonight. But last night, she performed at a more intimate affair: a private acoustic concert to benefit nonprofit Music Unites (Fiona serves as ambassador for the organization’s newly launched Empowering Women Through Music initiative). Guests packed into the penthouse of the Cooper Square Hotel to watch Fiona—sporting an eye-catching bracelet she designed with Jules Smith’s Gina Nigrelli for the occasion—play stripped-down versions of “Give It To Me Right,” “It Kills Me,” and forthcoming single “Ay Yo.”
Melanie Fiona at Music Unites Empowering Women EventMelanie Fiona at Music Unites Empowering Women Through Music event along with Ryan Leslie. The event was for the R&B Diva who is slowly moving up the charts with her Neo Soul vocals. Check it!
NitePics: Inside the Music Unites Sunset Soiree at Cooper Square HotelPartygoers were on top of the world as they took in sweeping skyline views and sipped cocktails at Music Unites bash at Cooper Square Hotel Penthouse last night.
Music Unites Empowering Women Through Music Presents Melanie FionaSinger Melanie Fiona attends a Music Unites benefit concert at the Cooper Square Penthouse on March 16, 2010 in New York City.
LADIES' NIGHT: Melanie Fiona, Estelle, & AmberYBF chick Melanie Fiona rocked this cute look for last night's Music Unites Empowering Women Through Music at the Cooper Square Penthouse in NYC. She performed for the crowd and was named the 1st female Ambassador for the Women Empowerment Initiative. Sweet.
Melanie Fiona Brings Down the House for Music UnitesMelanie Fiona brought down the house on Tuesday night in NYC — and all for a good cause! This stylish songstress performed an exclusive benefit concert at Cooper Square Penthouse to benefit Music Unites, with some help from sponsors OK!, Lancôme and the Annie O. Music Series.
During the intimate event, guests were treated to Melanie’s vocal stylings while sipping on Red Bull cocktails. Fellow musicians Ryan Leslie, Eric West and Jeannie Ortega came out to support the cause, which works to provide communities with music education by bringing well-known and emerging musicians to perform in a variety of venues and locations, including schools. High Society star and NYC socialite Tinsley Mortimer also attended the intimate evening, along with Jules Smith jewelry designer Gina Nigrelli.
inPhotos: Melanie Fiona, Leslie For Music UnitesRyan Leslie joined Melanie Fiona for a Music Unites benefit concert in New York Tuesday.
Performing for guests at Cooper Square Penthouse, Fiona gave back with her best gift — her voice.
Music of the Who to Be Celebrated at Carnegie Hall BenefitThe show is being presented by the music impresario Michael Dorf, founder of the Knitting Factory and the owner of City Winery, and is the sixth concert in a series. Previous concerts have celebrated Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, R.E.M., Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. Proceeds will be distributed to six music education nonprofits, including the American Symphony Orchestra Music Notes, Church Street School for Music and Art, Young Audiences, Music Unites All-Youth Choir, the Pinwheel Project and FIKS (Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools). More information about tickets and the organizations is available at carnegiewho.com.
Who’s Influence Still FeltTonight at Carnegie Hall, more than 20 acts of different styles and eras will pay a more expansive tribute to the breadth of the band’s musical accomplishments.
The Who formed in 1964, long before some of these musicians were born, but that hasn’t stopped the British band from influencing every generation since then. “[With a line such as] ‘I hope I die before I get old,’ they were speaking to young people,” says 30-year-old guitar whiz Kaki King, who’ll play “Pinball Wizard.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit music-related children’s charities, including Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art, The Pinwheel Project, Music Unites, The American Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences New York
Performers use music to break barriersCause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with singer Vanessa Carlton and violinist Joshua Bell about their work with Music Unites and music education. Music Unites is nonprofit charity that supports emerging talents as well as established musicians by bringing their music to people, especially students, in underserved communities. Aside from schools, musicians also perform in a variety of other venues through partner organizations. Classical pianist Michelle Edgar founded Music Unites in 2008.
Music Unites is composed of a group of professionals from a range of industries who share a passion for music. The Music Unites Youth Choir brings together public high school students from New York City to study and perform songs in all musical styles. They will be debuting at Carnegie Hall on March 2 in a tribute to The Who presented by Michael Dorf.
David Arquette helps the Music Unites Youth Choir look stylish for their Carnegie Hall debut performanceOn Tuesday, the Music Unites Youth Choir will make its debut at Carnegie Hall singing The Who songs and wearing specially designed shirts from David Arquette and Ben Harper's clothing line Propr. Not bad for 47 New York public high school kids who had their first practice in October. "This is an entertainer's dream!" said Arquette. "For these kids to go ahead and cross 'Carnegie Hall' off their lists already is pretty thrilling."
The event--the Music of The Who at Carnegie Hall--will feature more than 20 artists, including Sondre Lerche, Bobby McFerrin and Gaslight Anthem, performing songs from the Who's catalogue. The Music Unites Youth Choir will sing music from the rock opera Tommy accompanied by the jazz trumpeter Steven Bernstein. The choir's Propr t-shirts couldn't be more fitting: they feature the red and blue Royal Air Force target that the Who adopted as their logo and a pinball machine in honor of Tommy, which Arquette said is his favorite Who album. (A limited number of autographed shirts will be available for sale.)
For Arquette, collaborating with Music Unites - a New York-based charity that supports music education and works to bring music to underserved communities - was a no-brainer. "The work that they're doing as far as bringing music to people and kids in low-income areas and just keeping music programs alive, it's great," Arquette said. "It's just so important for kids to be able to express themselves through music."
All-Star Who Tribute @ Carnegie HallWHO’S WHO: A jam-packed marquee of artists pays tribute to the music of the Who at Carnegie Hall tonight. Among those tackling such enduring classics as “Baba O’Riley” and “Pinball Wizard” are Living Colour, Nicole Atkins, Sondre Lerche, the Smithereens, Bettye Lavette and Robyn Hitchcock; all net proceeds go to Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Music Unites and other deserving non-profits.
The Who tribute: Everyone from Patti Smith to Bobby McFerrin pays homage“O Carnegie Hall, forgive me for what I am about to do.”
With these words, Patti Smith began singing the Who’s “My Generation,” Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall. And sure enough, it was the kind of performance that Carnegie Hall rarely sees: a snarling punk-rock take on the classic-rock landmark, with a feedback-laced instrumental raveup and a rousingly inspirational rant at the end. “Rise up, people,” Smith commanded. “Create a new (expletive) world.”
The occasion was a tribute to the Who, featuring 21 different acts — all except Smith announced ahead of time. This was the latest in a series of tribute concerts that have raised money for various music-education programs
Patti Smith, Living Colour Pay Tribute to the Who at Carnegie HallI apologize for what I’m about to do,” said surprise guest Patti Smith last night at a Who tribute concert at the famed New York venue before launching into a snarling punk version of “My Generation,” during which she spit on the hallowed stage at least three separate times. (Iggy Pop did some damage to the very same stage at the Tibet House benefit last week.) Earlier in the night, Bobby McFerrin did the same song, though he used no instrument other than his mouth and the sound of his hand banging against his chest. Patti’s was stronger (mainly because it didn’t bear resemblance to the Cosby Show theme), but it proved that the Who’s vast catalog is strong enough to survive nearly any re-interpretation.
The night — which was a benefit concert for numerous organizations including Music Unites — began with a children’s choir and the house band performing “Overture” and “Tommy Can You Hear Me.”
A Fitting Tribute to The Who at Carnegie HallProceeds from the show benefitted several charities, including Music Unites, whose five-month-old youth choir, comprised of students from NYC’s five boroughs, kicked off the program with a rousing arrangement of the Tommy Overture. I chatted with MU founder Michelle Edgar, who told me that the choir’s colorful T-shirts, which picture the band's bullseye logo and a pinball machine in honor of the beloved Tommy track “Pinball Wizard,” were designed by none other than David Arquette, who runs the clothing line Propr with Ben Harper. “It’s important to remember the legends, whether it’s classical or rock, because that’s where it all began,” Edgar said of her musically minded organization’s participation in the showcase. “It’s amazing to see artists of all different backgrounds coming together tonight. It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are, if you’re a breaking artist or a legend like Patti; the message really resonates with everyone.”
Last Night’s Concert: The Music of The Who at Carnegie HallAs big fans of The Who, we are happy to report that their songs still packed an amazing punch at last night’s benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. To put this into perspective, it has been nearly four decades since their first hit single, “I Can’t Explain” — performed last night by The Postelles, who absolutely nailed it. From Roger Daltrey’s frenzied stage antics to the falsetto backup vocals, it felt like what we imagine a Who concert was like in the ’60s.
In fact, most of the night felt like an incredible time warp, beginning with the Overture from Tommy performed by the fresh faced kids of the Music Unites Youth Choir and led by bandleader extraordinaire Steven Bernstein while playing his slide trumpet like an electric guitar.
At Home With Joshua BellIt's not every day that you get the chance to hear a Grammy-winning musician give a live performance in said musician's own home. But last night, violin virtuoso Joshua Bell offered a salon-style concert in the living room of his Gramercy duplex. The benefit, which kicked off a new partnership between two like-minded charities, Education Through Music and Music Unites, featured hors d'oeuvres from award-winning Bedford Post Inn chef Brian Lewis, complemented nicely by vino from Napa's Far Niente Winery.
Joshua Bell "At Home With Friends" for a Good Cause: Music EducationThe Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell has performed for President Obama at the White House, thousands of rapt fans at Carnegie Hall and a TV audience of millions as a guest on the Tonight Show. On January 25th, he invited the audience into his house for an evening of music and merriment benefiting two charities close to his heart, Music Unites and Education Through Music.
Evening HoursEducation Through Music Benefited from a private concert in the home and studio of the violinist Joshua Bell on East 22nd Street. The organization provides music education in schools.
Education Through MusicEducation Through Music teamed up with Music Unites and Grammy Award winning violin sensation Joshua Bell on Monday, January 25th, to celebrate "At Home With Friends" an intimate cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres prepared by award winning chef Brian Lewis.
Joshua Bell hosts "Education Through Music”Monday in New York ... Grammy Award winning violin virtuoso Joshua Bell teamed with chef Brian Lewis of the Bedford Post Inn to host an intimate salon and cocktail reception for “Education Through Music,” a non-profit organization with Bell’s Music Unites. Both are dedicated to bringing music instruction to at-risk children at inner-city public and parochial schools who would otherwise have no or limited exposure to the arts.
Michelle Edgar: Joshua Bell "At Home with Friends" For a Good Cause To Raise Money For Music EducationThe Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell has performed for President Obama at the White House, thousands of rapt fans at Carnegie Hall and a TV audience of millions as a guest on the Tonight Show. On Januaury 25th, he invited the audience into his house for an evening of music and merriment benefiting two charities close to his heart, Music Unites and Education Through Music. Both MU and ETM focus on providing music education to underserved schools and, for years, Bell has worked with ETM to share his passion and talent with students throughout New York.
“Luna” Landing In ManhattanKat DeLuna landed up at the Music Unites party in New York on Monday night to check out up-and-coming star John Forte.
The soulful rapper and singer was performing an intimate acoustic set in the penthouse of the swanky Cooper Square Hotel.
John is to be the first artist to address the Music Unites Youth Choir, a new group made up of students who are poorly served by public education programs
John Forte and Music Unites Host Acoustic ConcertThe Fugees' John Forte received a commutation from President Bush after serving 7 years of a 14 year prison sentence for a first time non-violent drug offense; now he's volunteering with Music Unites to bring vocal music training to inner-city kids in New York. Last night, invited guests were treated to an acoustic performance by Forte, at the Cooper Square Hotel penthouse, where floor to ceiling windows in the penthouse provided the backdrop for quite the photoshoot.
John Forte Inspires Children Through Charity Outreach With Music UnitesGrammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer John Forte is giving back to the community and children through music education. Over the past few weeks, John partnered with a New York based charity Music Unites on two major initiatives - a visit to the Music Unites Youth Choir and Brooklyn's International Art and Business School, where he educated students on his version of life, lessons learned and the pursuit of happiness through music. He complimented each discussion with a performance featuring songs from his newest album StyleFree, his first album in eight years.
Music Unites Presents An Acoustic Evening John ForteKat Deluna, John Forte and Michelle Edgar attend for Music Unites at the Cooper Square Penthouse on October 5, 2009 in New York City
DeNiro Skips the Killing…Sting and Trudie Go Classical…Courtney Love Gets Romantic…Downtown, Courtney Love — or her much, much slimmer avatar — appeared in the smallish invited audience for Trudie Styler and Sting’s DVD release of “Twin Spirits.” This is sort of like a live radio play, with classical music, of the famous couple reading the letters of composer Robert Schumann and his wife pianist Clara Wiek. It’s very romantic and beautifully put together from the version Sting and Trudie have done on stage in their spare time when they’re not saving the rainforests or performing rock concerts in stadiums. It’s all for charity, of course — the Royal Opera House Education program, and last night presented by MusicUnites.
Movie Night for Sting and Trudie StylerAs we know, Sting likes to stay within 20 feet of a good cause at all times. And his chosen good guys the other night were the folks at Music Unites, who have put together a youth choir made up of New York public high school students. Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, hosted the New York premiere of the tragic love story, Twin Spirits, and stuck around to answer some questions from the audience afterward. Fellow Music Unites supporters Donna Karan, Courtney Love, Joshua Bell and Ryan Leslie also turned out for the big night at the Jerome L. Greene performance space.
Twin Spirits Premiere with Sting and Trudie StylerOn Thursday, December 3, WNYC's The Greene Space and Classical 105.9 WQXR together with Music Unites will host the New York premiere of Twin Spirits, a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between Robert and wife, Clara Schumann. Following the film, WQXR host Elliott Forrest will convene a conversation with the film's leading couple, Sting and Trudie Styler.
Sting Says Today's Music Is 'Played Out'Bringing music into people's lives is a passion for Sting and wife Trudie Styler, 55, who both recently joined Music Unites, an organization that aims to join together communities through musical awareness.
Styler also stars in Twin Spirits; in the performance, she and Sting read letters between Schumann and his wife, Clara. Styler called the opportunity to work with her husband "pretty rare."
The couple also spoke of their appreciation for classical music and Sting emphasized the need to look back at the roots of music, especially in today's crowded industry.
"When I listen to composers, like, say, Bach, it's almost as though they've discovered a new continent and everything of their focus was brand new," he said. "Now everything has been discovered and covered with roads and railroads and airplanes, and you probably can't find a piece of territory that hasn't been touched before."
The Greene Space Hosts New York Premiere of Twin SpiritsOn Thursday, December 3, WQXR and WNYC's The Greene Space are partnering with with Music Unites to host the New York premiere of Twin Spirits, a poetic meditation on the passionate relationship between Robert Schumann and his wife Clara Wieck. Following the film, WQXR's Elliott Forrest will host a conversation with the film's leading couple, Sting and Trudie Styler.
In addition to the live studio audence, listeners will be able to watch the film in the player below beginning at 6:30PM. After the live stream of the film screening concludes, listeners should stayed tuned in to the player to hear the audio stream of the post-film discussion
New York's Classical Station, in a New IncarnationAs part of the WNYC family, WQXR will have access to the Greene Space. Its first event there will be a December 3 screening of Twin Spirits, a new film about Robert and Clara Schumann that stars real-life couple Sting and Trudie Styler.
New Sting Album Revisits Winters PastThe man of the hour is Sting, in this case arriving at a charity event at WNYC radio's the Greene Spacein New York City. He's joined by his wife, Trudie Styler. He's been smitten with her for decades.
"You know, what I mean, you could say, 'I love Trudie,' but that's a given," Sting said. "I really like this woman. When she walks into the room, my world lights up."
Sting and Styler were at the Greene Space for a screening of "Twin Spirits,"a movie the pair made in 2007 about Robert Schumann, the composer, and his wife, Clara Wieck
2009 Music Unites Fall Masquerade GalaDaniel Merriweather, Kerry Washington, Mark Ronson, Georgina Chapman and Michelle Edgar of Music Unites attend the 2009 Music Unites Fall Masquerade Gala at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 29, 2009 in New York City.
Stylish Sound Bites at Lincoln CenterOn Thursday night, the worlds of music and fashion collided at the Masquerade Gala, co-hosted by the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center and Music Unites.
Santigold, Daniel Merriweather, Charlotte Ronson and Carol Alt were among those heading to Alice Tully Hall for the evening, which honored Georgina Chapman and Mark Ronson and included a short cocktail reception and benefit concert.
Tricks and TreatsThe Young Patrons of Lincoln Center in association with Music Unites held their annual Fall Masquerade Gala last Thursday at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The evening honored Georgina Chapman, designer of Marchesa, and Mark Ronson, musician, record producer, DJ and founder of Allido Records. Gala Co Chairs were Jessica Evelyn Betts, Alvin H. Crawford, Jr. and Michelle Edgar.
Lincoln Center and Music Unites Will Honor DJ Mark Ronson and Marchesa Designer Georgina Chapman Masquerade StyleAh, nothing like passing the torch of classical music creativity to the next generation - especially when that torch comes equipped with hot DJs and Halloween masks... This Thursday, in a partnership with the non-profit Music Unites, the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts in New York will host its Fall Masquerade Gala, honoring DJ and music producer Mark Ronson (behind the likes of Amy Winehouse) and Georgina Chapman, co-founder and designer of evening wear line Marchesa. The Oct. 29 gala, which courts "Young Patrons," will also celebrate Lincoln Center's 50th birthday and recent renovations.
The Scene at the Young Patrons GalaMichael Flocker got behind the masks at the annual Young Patrons of Lincoln Center Masquerade Gala and talked to designer Georgina Chapman and musician Mark Ronson, who were both honored for their roles in supporting the arts. Also there was actress Kerry Washington, who looked glam in a dress designed by Chapman.
Ronson, Chapman Receive Arts Leadership AwardOn October 29th, Mark Ronson and Georgina Chapman received the Arts Leadership Award presented by Music Unites and the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center (YPLC) at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The award was given to Zac Posen last year. The Last King of Scotland actress Kerry Washington presented the award to Chapman and break-out indie singer Santigold presented the award to Ronson.
Georgina Chapman and Mark Ronson Honored at Lincoln Center GalaMusic and fashion were in perfect harmony last night at the Lincoln Center Young Patrons Society’s annual Fall Masquerade Gala, co-hosted by non-profit Music Unites. Kerry Washington took the stage at Alice Tully Hall and offered a tribute to Georgina Chapman, noting the designer’s operatic influences (Marchesa’s spring 2010 line took a note from Madame Butterfly). Then, Santigold introduced the evening’s other honoree, dapper DJ-producer Mark Ronson, who joined protégé Daniel Merriweather for a live concert that included the pair's popular cover of the Smiths' "Stop Me," from Ronson's 2007 album Version (Ronson also produced Merriweather’s new release, Love & War). “This is an incredibly prestigious award and it feels a bit premature in my career, but I’m grateful,” Ronson modestly observed, joking “I don’t know who to thank—people always thank Harvey Weinstein, and he actually is in the building tonight.”
Interview Magazine's YPLC AfterpartyLast night, we hosted an afterparty for the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center's annual Fall Masquerade Gala with Music Unites. At Library at Hudson, guests including Samantha Ronson, Charlotte Ronson, Harvey Weinstein, Daniel Merriwether, Will.I.Am, and Billy Joel sipped drinks made with limited edition Belvedere Silver vodka and toasted YPLC honorees Mark Ronson and Georgina Chapman.
Kerry Washington is StunningKerry Washington hit up the Music Unites Fall Masquerade Gala in NYC last night looking naturally beautiful.
Our girl Santigold was in the building as well. Philly stand up!!!
Young Patrons of Lincoln Center Fall Masquerade GalaYoung Patrons of Lincoln Center in association with Music Unites celebrated their annual Fall Masquerade Gala on October 29, 2009 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.The evening honored Georgina Chapman, designer of Marchesa, and Mark Ronson, musician, record producer, DJ and founder of Allido Records.
UN Day 2009- Lang Lang, ChinaAppearing on behalf of Music Unites. Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the
New York Times,27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the
world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged
by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the top American orchestras. Testimony to his
success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100—Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Lang Lang has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2004.
The Lang Lang EffectLang Lang’s big break came when he was seventeen. With less than 48 hours notice he replaced Andre Watts, in a last-minute substitution at the Ravinia Festival’s Gala of the Century, playing the big Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This triumphant debut resulted in a domino effect, leading to his performance in successive concerts on great stages around the world.
Another exciting recent performance for the artist was the 64th anniversary of the UN Day Concert’s Tribute to Peacekeeping, where the artist performed on behalf of the charity, Music Unites, playing for the first time at the United Nations’ General Assembly hall. Other special performers and guests included Roberta Flack, Harry Belafonte and Nile Rogers.
Howie Day Rocks NYC!In case you were wondering where exactly the cutting edge of music has been lurking lately, it’s here: at the launch party for Howie Day’s new album Sound The Alarm at RdV in New York.
The folk pop singer played for the folks from Music Unites — who hosted the bash — and New York’s art scenesters at an intimate performance at the Meatpacking District hotspot.