Bloomingdale’s School of Music has announced a virtual community concert and spring benefit A Symphony of Bloomingdale’s: In the Key of Hope on Tuesday, April 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. A Symphony of Bloomingdale honors Erika S. Floreska, executive director of the Bloomingdale School of Music from 2014-2020, for her achievements in expanding access to arts education, and celebrates the power of music and talented and dedicated community! There are several ways to get involved, including donating to the benefit or attending one of Bloomingdale’s spring events. The evening will be broadcast via Zoom, to register, go to bsmny.org/springbenefit.
Each year, the Bloomingdale School of Music hosts a Spring Benefit Evening featuring inspiring performances by BSM students and faculty. This year’s event features a variety of performances, including songs from Rent and The Wizard of Oz as well as pieces from Van Lier and Arena/D’Eletto Fellows of Bloomingdale’s. This annual event raises money for Bloomingdale’s programs and the Scholarship Fund for students who otherwise couldn’t afford it, and this year is more important than ever.
This benefit also honors members of the company who have demonstrated a commitment to providing access to high-quality music. 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 New York. 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. Its tenure was reserved by the 50th anniversary concert in its first year where BSM was founded, and the televised transformation of the concert hall and backyard in its final year.
“Over the past 56 years, New York City has gone through so many chapters of triumph, heartbreak and uncertainty, but Bloomingdale’s has come through it all as a pillar of music, of learning, of joy. and community,” said Erika Atkins, Executive Director, Bloomingdale School of Music. “Music is not just a vital form of creative expression, but a form of support and inspiration that brings us together every day. I am thrilled to bring our community together to celebrate the power of music and to honor my predecessor Erika Floreska for her. amazing work moving the school forward into its next chapter and creating access to art for young people throughout her career. I hope you can join us for this evening special.
Performance of MAP students
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 Author/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 celebrates Erika S. Floreska, a tireless supporter and a 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.”
“The Bloomingdale’s community is a special and unique hidden gem in New York City. It has been a great honor to lead this organization through a period of tremendous growth, setting the stage for a bright future. I am so grateful to be honored tonight . and help support BSM’s core mission – to expand access to high quality music education. Music has a powerful impact on lives and communities, and we need it more than ever as we emerge from this pandemic,” said winner Erika Floreska.
Everyone is invited to join Bloomingdale’s for an evening filled with music and community celebration. All proceeds go to supporting and providing access to Bloomingdale’s music programs.
$20 – Admission to a Symphony of Bloomingdale’s and Bloomingdale’s Sticker
$50 – Admission to A Symphony of Bloomingdale’s and Bloomingdale’s Tote Bag
$100 – Admission to A Symphony of Bloomingdale’s and Bloomingdale’s Sticker and Tote Bag
$500 – Andante Sponsor – Includes list above plus: Welcome to Program message – eighth page
$1,000 – Allegro Sponsor – Includes list above plus: In-program greeting – half page
$2,500 – Sponso Sponsor – Includes the above benefits plus:
$5,000 – Chair Sponsor – Includes the above benefits plus: Invitation to Fall 2021 Student Scholarship Brunch and Concert (virtual or in the backyard, security permitting)
$10,000 – President’s Sponsor Notes – Includes the above benefits plus: Private concert held for 4 at Bloomingdale’s Backyard (Summer 2021).