The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s (BCM) 2015 Spring Gala: Music Moves, held on Tuesday, April 21 at the Brooklyn Museum, raised $250,000 to support the Conservatory’s programming goals for 2015, according to a BCM spokesperson.
The funds raised at the gala will provide music education for 5,000 low-income students from BCM’s Music Partners Programs in 32 schools, Head Start program and senior centers; music therapy for 1,000 developmentally challenged students through the Conservatory’s Music Therapy Program in 28 schools, social service agencies and community organizations; and music lessons for nearly 1,000 students at BCM’s Park Slope location.
The gala celebrated the Music Therapy Program, which helps people with social, emotional and developmental challenges through music, and also honored members and supporters of the Conservatory. It featured a performance by jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston and swing dancing with music by the Excelsior Symphony.
Those who were honored included Lucina Clarke, founder and executive director of My Time, Inc. (Inspirational Leader Award); The Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Warner Fund (Community Partners Award); Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP (Corporate Leader Award); CloudDesks (Corporate Partner Award); pianist Weston (Music Impact Award); and Toby Williams, director of BCM’s Music Therapy Program (Outstanding Service Award).
The Excelsior Symphony, led by Renée Manning and Earl McIntyre, is made up of well-known veteran musicians who have worked with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Chico O’Farrill and many others.
BCM offers private instruction, group classes, ensembles and choral opportunities to students ranging in age from 1-year-olds to adults. Headquartered in a restored five-story Victorian Gothic mansion at 58 Seventh Ave., Park Slope, it serves more than 5,000 students through its Music Partners and Music Therapy programs and its Onsite Division.
Major sponsors for Music Moves included Jini Sines Mayer, Thomas Mors Mayer, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Chad Cooper and Clair Ellis, CreditSights Inc., Forest City Ratner, HBO, Bernadette Levandowski and Andrew Chipok, the Ruth Epstein Schuler Fund, Arda Ural, Ofer Cohen-TerraCRG, the Morrison & Foester Foundation, Adam Stein and Susan Parkhill, Matthew H. Tye and Christopher R. Rodriguez.