Concert From The Heart: Buffalo NY BPO, Colored Musicians Club
Buffalo, NY (February 21, 2009) – The American Federation of Musicians Local 92 and The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in conjunction with The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame held a press conference at Kleinhan's Music Hall in Buffalo, New York to announce "Concert From The Heart." This performance, on March 17, 2009 is to benefit The Buffalo City Mission and The Food Bank of Western New York.
Representatives from each organization were speaking: Rick Mathews, President of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Van Taylor of Van Taylor Production and Taylor Made Jazz, George Scott, President of the Historic Colored Musicians Club and The George Scott Big Band, JoAnn Falletta, Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ron Daniels, President of the American Federation of Musicians Local 92, with Daniel Hart, Executive Director of the Philharmonic and Paul Ferrington, Conductor on the night of March 17th, Michael J. Billoni, Director of Public Relations for the Food Bank of Western New York and Stuart L. Harper, Executive Director of The Buffalo City Mission.
For the first time in Western New York history, two entities, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and The Colored Musicians Club are combining their efforts through music to promote the Western New York community in a time of great need. This concert will feature Inductees of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame performing on stage with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The Hall of Fame Performers are: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Lance Diamond, Van Taylor with Taylor Made Jazz, The Historic Colored Musicians Club, represented by the George Scott Big Band, with special guests The Old School B Boys with Mark Mazur and his Little Big Band.
JoAnn Falletta spoke on behalf of The Philharmonic welcoming all present into their home at Symphony Circle and was most pleased to be a part of this endeavor. She felt they will be able to reach all aspects of culture, art and economic status through music, which is universal.
"The need for support has risen 11% in one year in Western New York alone . . " stated Michael J. Billoni, Director of Public Relations for The Food Bank of Western New York. The Food Bank of Western New York on a monthly basis, provides food to more than 90,000 people through over 400 local member agencies. For further information: (716) 852-1305 or www.foodbankwny.org. Canned goods and non-perishable products will be accepted as a donation the night of the concert.
Musicians of all backgrounds coming together to help make a difference for those whom we serve is a true blessing," said Stuart Harper, executive director at Buffalo City Mission. "Our services are needed more than ever this year because many families and individuals are struggling to make ends meet." In 2008 alone, the Mission provided over 154,395 meals and over 79,000 beds were provided to our area's poor and homeless. The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a not for profit organization that provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to thousands of people who are homeless or impoverished. For further information: (717) 854-8181 or visit www.buffalocitymission.org. Clothing donations or canned good items will be accepted as a donation the night of the concert.
Rick Mathews mentioned a scholarship incentive for a music student via contest. Students are required to write an essay on: The enrichment of music in their community, what their dream in music is and what are they able to do to make a difference through their talent with a music scholarship. The contest began on February 5 and ends on February 25. Visit www.newyorktalent.org for submission guidelines and for more information: New York Talent 3053 Delaware Ave Buffalo NY 14217 email@example.com (716) 877-6565.
Tickets available at Kleinhan's Box Office $25 open seating, 716-885-5000, and Doris Records 286 East Ferry Street Buffalo NY 14208 716-883-2410. All organizations are in need of Angel Sponsors, an individual or company that is able to purchase tickets for children or individuals who cannot afford to attend this historic event. Please contact Rick Mathews: Concert from the Heart c/o The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame P.O. Box 256 Buffalo NY 14205, or by phone: (716) 400-8934.
From the hearts of our musicians and organizations through tough economic times, The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Van Taylor Production, The Historic Colored Musicians Club, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and The American Federation of Musicians Local 92, are asking you to help support The Food Bank of Western New York, The Buffalo City Mission and our high school music students.
The need for food and shelter has drastically increased. They are working together to make a difference.
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