The Bloomingdale School of Music’s second virtual community concert and A Symphony of Bloomingdale’s: In the Key of Hope spring benefit on April 13, 2021 raised over $50,000, exceeding their goal by more than 10%. All money raised supports the school’s Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students who otherwise couldn’t afford them – and, this year, is more important than ever. The evening was broadcast via Zoom to an audience of hundreds nationwide. The event is now accessible online and additional donations are accepted at www.bsmny.org/springbenefit.
A Bloomingdale’s Symphony honored Erika S. Floreska, executive director of the Bloomingdale School of Music from 2014-2020, for her achievements in expanding access to arts education, and celebrated the power of hope , music and their community.
There were several ways to enter, including donating to the benefit, entering the raffle, or attending one of Bloomingdale’s spring events.
Each year, the Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) hosts a Spring Benefit Evening featuring inspiring performances from BSM students and faculty. This year, New York City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and New York Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell delivered remarks. The event featured songs from Rent and The Wizard of Oz, with performances from Alyssa Fox (Frozen, Wicked), Aisha Jackson (Frozen), as well as Bloomingdale’s Broadway Ensemble, Senior Flute Choir, and Fellows Van Lier and Arena/D’Eletto. . There was also an appearance by Chondra Profit-Ardrey (The Lion King). The raffle offered the chance to win a video message from five-time Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
The benefit also honors members of society who have demonstrated a commitment to providing access to high-quality music, this year honoring Erika S. Floreska. During her tenure at Bloomingdale’s, Erika S. Floreska raised more than $1 million for capital improvements to the over 100-year-old brownstone, including new air conditioning, an upgraded percussion room, a 2nd floor and new pianos in the future. She connected BSM to the external community through new educational partnerships with local schools, home and retirement communities, as well as securing performance opportunities for BSM students across NYC. She has expanded access through these partnerships, and extensive series of performances by BSM’s acclaimed faculty are offered free to neighbors, family, and friends. His tenure was booked by the 50th anniversary concert in his freshman year when BSM was founded, and the televised concert hall and backyard transformation in his final year of the NBC show George to the Rescue.
“Our performance this year was an incredible display of the talent and strength of our community, as we came together to celebrate my predecessor Erika S. Floreska for the incredible work she has done to move the school forward. in its next chapter and creating access to art for young people throughout its career,” said Erika Atkins, Executive Director of Bloomingdale School of Music. “The tremendous support received is a testament to the fact that even in In this time of great change for New York City, our country and our world, Bloomingdale’s will continue to be a safe haven for so many, as it has for the past 56 years. year.”
Somewhere Over the Rainbow performed by Bloomingdale’s Senior Flute Choir with Alyssa Fox
Seasons of Love performed by Bloomingdale’s Broadway Ensemble with Aisha Jackson
An appearance by Chondra Profit-Ardrey
Performances of Bloomingdale’s Van Lier and Arena/D’Eletto Fellows
Name: Julian Walther
Interpretation Selection: Beethoven’s Romance in F major
Original Artist/Composer: Ludwig V. Beethoven
Name: Aaron Nichols
Performance selection: “Boats against the current”
Original Artist/Composer of the selection: Aaron Nichols
Name: Layton (Yang) Zhang
Selection of the show: Gardens in the rain
Original Artist/Composer: Gardens Under The Rain Debussy
Name: Alexa N. Carmona
Selection of performances: a song without words
Original Artist/Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
“This spring, after a year of many challenges, our annual gala honored Erika S. Floreska, a tireless supporter and wonderful friend,” said Ken Michaels, chairman of the Bloomingdale School of Music board of trustees. “Erika has given so much to our community during her six years as Bloomingdale’s CEO. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate her tenure and continued connection to our community while raising much-needed funds to support scholarships for Bloomingdale’s students.”
“It was a great evening showcasing the many reasons why BSM is a special place and gives hope to our students, faculty, families and community throughout the year,” said Ms. Floreska. “Music is a powerful force to bring people together when it’s accessible to all – and the performances, feedback and over-the-top support – clearly demonstrate this. I’m grateful for the award and all the love that I have been testified – thank you very much, and I look forward to the bright future of BSM.”