Students at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music had a busy, yet impressive summer and fall semester. They wrapped up another great year last June at a superb End-of-the-Year Concert at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Then through the summer, they kept the music playing by getting involved in their community. Opus students played for such Harlem events as the Children’s Youth Festival during Harlem Week, the grand opening of Bob’s Discount Furniture in East Harlem, and an outreach event at Columbia Medical Center. They were even asked by Vogue magazine to represent Harlem in their famous September issue. They posed with musicians Mark Ronson and Amanda Warner, a.k.a. MNDR for the magazine’s “Fashion’s Night Out” spread.
The performing opportunities did not stop when school started. In October, our kids got out their suits and fancy dresses for the Louis 649 Sixth Anniversary Gala. Louis 649 is a hip, downtown jazz and cocktail lounge owned by Zachary Sharaga, who generously donated all of the Gala’s proceeds to Opus 118, in addition to 10 violins from Yamaha!
Just a few weeks later, our performers opened for Grammy award-winning artist John Legend at the Bloomingdale’s Holiday Window Unveiling. What a treat to play for such a great artist and performer!
Opus 118 is looking forward to making 2011 the best year yet. Our current In-School and After-School Programs are changing lives every day, and we are expanding our Early Childhood Music Program which serves the underserved preschoolers in Harlem’s Head Start Programs.
We invite you to visit our website, www.opus118.org , where you can keep up to date on news and events, and where you can join our e-mail list to receive information about future concerts and performances.
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