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Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra - Outdoor Performance 


July 17th at 8:00 PM, FREE!

Washington Park by the Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street between 4th and 5th Avenues. Rain date: St. Saviour Church, 611 8th Avenue, corner of 6th Street.


Broadway favorites by Gershwin and Bernstein, as well as concert music from Bizet's "Carmen" and Rossini's "William Tell." Radiant soprano Christine Moore will sing opera arias and jazz standards by Gershwin and Kern. The concert will open with a special appearance by the Sendai Ikuei Gakuen High School Chorus, who will join the orchestra in music by John Rutter and Irving Berlin. 







From the Executive Director, Karen Geer

Welcome to the 7th Avenue Hub - your resource for the latest news in the arts, music, education, and our Brooklyn community. This issue finds us in between our Spring and Summer programming, but we've continued to stay busy, nonetheless! The Conservatory Community Orchestra and the Conservatory Chorale held stunning end of the year performances. Our Music Therapy division held its second ever recital last week. The event featured our wonderful Music Therapy participants singing songs like "My Girl" by the Temptations and "Summer Lovin'" from Grease. The event was bittersweet and was also a goodbye party for Kate Richards Gellar, one of our dear music therapists. While sad to see her go, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors. Please note: the Conservatory will be closed from July 2-4 for Independence Day, so we'll see you in the park!

Conservatory News

Music Therapy Division Opens Its Doors

The Music Therapy division held its first ever open house at the Conservatory Concert Hall last night. The event was attended by parents from all over the borough with children of all ages. The kids were free to jam with our Music Therapists, while parents got to chat with our Music Therapy director, Toby Williams. The faculty was joined by Extreme Kids & Crew, a parent-run non profit organization that gives kids a safe environment to play in, meanwhile offering resources like physical and speech therapy. Kids & Crew began working with us through our Music Therapy division during an eight week pilot program from April to June 2012. Another main attraction at the open house was Rainbow Resonance, a multimedia invention by designer, Sofia Paraskeva. Using state-of-the-art software and cameras, Rainbow Resonance translates body movements into a delightful mix of color and sound. Faculty and participants alike had a wonderful time singing, dancing and playing together. See more pictures from the event here.


The open house was a great follow up to our Music Therapy recital, which took place on June 22nd. A big thank you to the Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Warner Fund for their substantial support through all Music Therapy initiatives. See a couple pictures from the recital here.


Sign Up for our Summer Classes Today!

Registration for our summer classes is still going strong. Our catalogue features a wide array of programming, including private lessons, group classes and workshops. Be sure and check out some of our summer specialty programs like the Junior Rock Week and Vocal Institute. For more information on our Summer classes, visit our website.

Community News 

Darmstadt 'Institute' Holds Last Concert of Series

For the past month, Brooklyn's Issue Project Room has been home to a wide and diverse series of avant-garde performances, featuring the music of John Cage, Gordon Mumma and Barbara Benary. The series is the brainchild of co-curators, Nick Hallet and Zach Layton, two radio DJs who specialize in avant-garde and new music. Their project, called 'Darmstadt,' pays homage to the Darmstadt Institute, an avante-garde and jazz-based research and archive center in Germany. As Darmstadt, Hallet and Layton feature monthly performances all over New York. For their final performance of the month, Darmstadt will feature the music of "Man Forever," a percussion composition by John Colpitts, formerly of the experimental rock band, Oneida. The performance will feature local, Brooklyn-based musicians, and will include an interdisciplinary dance collaboration with local choreographer and video artist, Dana Bell. For more information on the Darmstadt 'Institute,' click here.


Jeremy Pelt Closes Heart of Brooklyn's Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat

In other concert series news, the Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Park featured the Jeremy Pelt Quintet as the final performance for the Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat concert series. The six-concert program ran through the month of June and featured performances at a few of Brooklyn's best locations, including the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the Prospect Park Zoo. Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat was a collaborative project between the non-profit group, Heart of Brooklyn, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Heart of Brooklyn, founded in 2001, is a cultural partnership of Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo. The organization seeks to educate and entertain visitors of the borough by facilitating these invaluable attractions. 

Today In Music

Remembering A Landmark

It was almost 125 years ago today that the first ever recording of music was made available. The recorded piece was Georg Friedrich Handel's Israel in Egypt, and was recorded onto a paraffin cylinder. The cylinder, made essentially of candle wax, was the invention of Thomas Alva Edison, and it was Edison's foreign sales agent, Colonel George Gourand, who chose Handel's piece for the experiment. The cylinder was mass marketed for the rest of the 19th century, and remained the most popular way of recording and listening to music, only to be replaced by the disc, or what we came to call the record, in the mid-20th century. This anniversary presents an interesting reflection into our modern methods of music listening, which tends to abandon the material format entirely. 

Pete's Program Pick

Jazz Theory Fundamentals (July 11-August 14)

Master the basic concepts of jazz music. Learn how to read a lead sheet, explore the function of instrumentation in a jazz combo, and discover key styles and musicians that have influenced the history of jazz. This course complements the practice of performing music but does not require advanced instrumental or vocal skills.


-Pete Robbins, Dean of Programs

Music Partner Highlights 

End of the Year Performances

As the school year wraps up for students all over Brooklyn, young musicians throughout the borough are presenting the results of this year's hard work through concerts in their schools. P.S. 217's 2nd to 5th grade musical theater program put on a stage rendition of "Alice in Wonderland" that would have thrilled Lewis Carroll himself. The school received an exciting show of support - amongst the audience were NYC Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and NY State Assemblyman James Brennan. NYC Council Member Stephen Levin also showed his support by attending year-end concerts by middle school guitar and percussion students at MS 126, and PS 34's 3rd grade musical theater class. Parents and other audience members cheered as the students belted out, with the very authentic emotion of an eight- or nine-year old, Irving Berlin's "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)" - and danced tightly executed Broadway-style choreography. Levin declared, "We have a group of superstars here at PS 34!" These programs were provided by the Conservatory's Music Partners outreach program and made possible by the NYC Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) grants awarded by Council Members Levin (for PS 34 and MS 126) and Eugene (for PS 217). 
-Dorothy Savitch, Director of Music Partners Division

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Programs at the Conservatory are supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Achelis Foundation, ACMP-The Chamber Music Network, Amy Bloch/Gregory Horowitz Fund, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Bacardi USA, Bank of America, Barclays/Nets Community Alliance, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brown Rudnick, CMS, ConEdison, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation/Chamber Music America, Fund for the City of New York/Open Society Foundations' Performing Arts Recovery Initiative,  Hearst Foundations, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Houlihan Lokey, Johnson String Instrument, Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Kennedy Jennik and Murray P.C., Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, Meyer Creativity Associates, The Milton and Beatrice Wind Foundation, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Global Impact Funding Trust, National Guild for Community Arts Education/MetLife Foundation, Neighborhood Improvement Association, Newman's Own Foundation, NPower's Community Corps Program, OppenheimerFunds Legacy Program, Park Slope 5th Avenue BID, Park Slope Civic Council, Sam Ash Music, RDI Solutions, The Rudin Foundation, Swiss Post Solutions, Taproot Foundation, Terra CRG, Wells Fargo Bank, and Youth, I.N.C., as well as numerous individual donors. Programs at the Conservatory are also supported in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The Offices of New York City Council Members Mathieu Eugene, Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



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