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March 04, 2014 


Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Partner for “Health-and-Concert” Series at NYC Public Hospitals

Carnegie Hall

New York, NY ― A collaboration between “Musical Connections,” a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) will bring a series of concerts to five local public hospitals this spring. Called A Celebration of Healthy Living, the concert series is scheduled for March in observance of National Nutrition Month.

Along with live performances by Carnegie Hall musicians, clinicians at each facility will be on-hand to offer health-and wellness-themed education, screenings, literature, and giveaways to guests. While enjoying world-class music, concertgoers can take advantage of hypertension screening, BMI assessments, nutritional counseling, exercise demonstrations, and weight-loss guidance. Free healthy snacks and promotional items will also be available.

The concert series features three Musical Connections artists in five separate hospital performances:

  • Sospiro Winds
    Hailed as a “superb ensemble” by New Music Connoisseur, Sospiro Winds is an exciting new force on the chamber music scene, bringing wind quintet repertoire to audiences throughout the U.S. At home with classical works as well as newer material by Lembit Beecher and James Borchers, the quintet features wind soloists on flute and oboe along with clarinet, bassoon, and horn.
  • Slavic Soul Party!
    Nine talented musicians come together in a joyous explosion of fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops. This is a band that brings the audience to its feet with fabulous, Eastern European-based dance music.
  • Decoda
    Decoda's mission is twofold—to present world-class chamber music and to make deep artistic connections in places where such music is rarely heard. Decoda artists shared a background of training and experience as former fellows of Ensemble ACJ—The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with NYC Department of Education. Time Out NY has called Decoda “a new collective of some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world.”

The concert schedule is as follows:

Slavic Soul Party! With guests Falu,
Pala Garcia, and Deep Singh

March 5, 12:30 PM
Lincoln Medical Center
234 E. 149th St.
Bronx, NY 10451

Sospiro Winds
March 18, 12:30 PM
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th St.
Jamaica, NY 11432

Sospiro Winds
March 19, 12:30 PM
Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Decoda with guest Emily Eagen
March 26, 1:00 PM
Kings County Hospital Center
451 Clarkson Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Decoda with guest Emily Eagen
March 28, 12:30 PM
Jacobi Medical Center
1400 Pelham Parkway
Bronx, NY 10461

For more information, contact The Fund for HHC at 212-442-3809.

Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation and The Irene Diamond Fund. Additional support provided in part by Ameriprise Financial. Public support for Musical Connections is provided by the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Probation, and by the New York City Council.

 


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