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Midori & Friends event, CityMusic, at Lincoln Center

On June 4, 2014, students from Midori & Friends performed at an event called CityMusic in the Appel Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center. Over 80 young musicians shared their new skills on guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion and voice with parents, school community members, partners and friends. The presentation also saw the students share the stage with such high profile artists as Latin Jazz clarinettist, saxophonist, composer and musical bridge builder Paquito D’Rivera, the Heritage Blues Orchestra, and pianist and Silk Road Ensemble member Cristina Pato. Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was the network broadcast journalist Paula Zahn.

Midori brought three partner school principals to the stage to acknowledge their outstanding leadership and devotion to music education for their students and Midori & Friends Board Chair Peter Glaser presented the 2014 Byron Gustafson Award to 5th grade flute student Patryk Stypulkowski for his high level of motivation, his passion for music, and his caring spirit for his classmates.

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          Pianist Cristina Pato accompanies 5th grade violin student Cliona Poje

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          Mistress of Ceremonies Paula Zahn with 2014 Byron Gustafson Award winner,
5th grade flute student Patryk Stypulkowski

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          Ivanna Philips sings “My Funny Valentine.”

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          Woodwind and Brass students jam with Paquito D’Rivera

New York City is home to the world’s finest in the performing arts but, for many of the city’s young people, the famous stages so close to home are really worlds away. CityMusic closed that distance, proving that, with the support of the Midori & Friends community, children can achieve any goal and no stage is beyond their reach.

*All photos by Lauren Silberman. Courtesy of Midori & Friends