26 Hours of Music
Student-run music marathon to raise money for inner-city music schoolApril 29, 2010 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Student Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music will hold a Music Marathon April 30 – May 1 to raise funds to support The People’s Music School, a tuition-free community music school located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
The Music Marathon will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, and continue through 10 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive.
All proceeds will go directly towards private lessons for more than 300 students. Last year's inaugural Music Marathon raised over $17,000 for the school.
Performances by Northwestern students, faculty and alumni, and guest artists from the Chicago area will include a variety of music from classical and jazz to pop and rap. The entire event will be streamed live on the Internet on Pick-Staiger Concert Hall’s website and on the Marathon’s website.
The marathon will begin with a two-hour jazz showcase featuring talented Northwestern students and alumni, as well as Chicago-based professionals. The entire lineup will be available online by April 20.
Concluding the Marathon will be a concert of chamber music featuring Northwestern faculty members performing with selected students. This segment begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, and participating faculty members include: clarinetist Steve Cohen, violinist Gerardo Ribeiro and Almita Vamos, violist Roland Vamos, pianists Elizabeth Buccheri and Sylvia Wang, guitarist Anne Weller, and a special appearance by the Dean of the School of Music, Toni-Marie Montgomery.
The People’s Music School is the only tuition-free community music school of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1976, the School was set up to offer private music instruction to anyone, regardless of their financial resources. Today, the School offers free instruction in 13 instruments as well as voice and theory classes to more than 250 students each year and presents dozens of free concert performances.
Artists who wish to participate in the May Music Marathon benefit must raise $100 to sponsor a 15-minute time slot in the performance schedule. The marathon is open to the public; admission is by donations, and via PayPal while viewing the online video stream.
The Bienen School’s Student Advisory Board estimates that the proceeds of the marathon will fund more than 1,000 music lessons for low-income inner-city youth.
“We are pleased to have such support and enthusiasm from students, faculty and alumni,” said Russell Rolen, a member of the Bienen School Student Advisory Board and chairperson of the event. “Our mission in planning this fund-raising event is to bring together our musical community around an important cause. We want reach out and help youngsters get exposure to music lessons, especially in these difficult economic times.”