A new year has begun with new dreams and expectations. In my case I have a special reason to be very happy and I would like to share it with you. Last year, my violin students, ranging from the age of 4 to 17, and my colleagues helped me inaugurate two concert series I founded: Kids Kare and A Cocktail for Music. I am pleased to announce the first event of our second season. On Saturday February 25th, 2012 at 6:00pm, The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT will present “A Cocktail for Music” featuring two up and coming young artists, David Gale and Riko Higuma.
Over the years, being a part of the arts has become a two-fold purpose for me. The first is to engage in inspiring performances and the second is to utilize my musical knowledge in the teaching of children. To that end, my experiences in teaching children has become a large part of my career.
The foundation of the future in music belongs to the children of our upcoming generations. It is the responsibility of those of us fortunate to have been given top notch training to pass it along to those who will follow us in years to come. It is essential for children to be given the proper tools so that they may grow in their musical careers. Not only should we educate children in the musical sense, but we must also teach them how knowledge in music can be linked to everything around them.
My goal as an educator has been to both teach music and make the children aware of the world around them. The event “Kids Kare” and “A Cocktail for Music” was created to give my students and young artists like Mr. Gale and Ms. Higuma the opportunity to use their talents towards a worthy cause. I believe teaching empathy is as important as teaching the child how to play the violin because it instills confidence and enthusiasm that comes from knowledge that one person can actually make a difference in this world.
I used to regard children with the same affection as one has for muddy dogs in their house and after working with them, my eyes have opened. The optimism bordering on naivety, the insuppressible cheer, it is infectious in the best way possible. They remind me of the hope we all had, that feeling that anything is possible whether it be in music, school or love.
I was introduced to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by a very close family friend who’s husband works very closely with Larry Witt, the co-founder. After doing some research it was then that I realized to have a disease so final and deadly rob someone, anyone of the irreplaceable childish spirit is a great tragedy indeed. This is why I am determined to make what contributions I can, however small, to allowing ill-fated children live out their own dreams and win out against a disease so dangerous.
Please come join us on Saturday February 25th, 2012 for a cocktail party hosted by Morello Italian Bistro, Garelick & Herbs, and Chef Jerwin, a wine tasting sponsored by Horseneck Wine, a special performance by David Gale and Riko Higuma, and win prizes at our raffle!
Tickets are $45.00 per person, Raffle Tickets are $20.00 for 1, $50.00 for 3, and $100.00 for 6 and can all be purchased by calling 917-771-9556 or sending an email to: email@example.com. All proceeds will be donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
Founder and Artistic Director of “A Cocktail for Music” and “Kids Kare”
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