Benefit House Party
for the 5PM Porch Music Program
At the home of Mary Kay and Bill Seery
Music by Roy Nathanson
Aidan Scrimgeour, Keyanna Hutchinson,
Cleo Reed, Alber Baseel and Eric Alabaster
Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 4 to 6 PM
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
door prizes, raffles, silent auction
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND SUPPORTED!!
WE RAISED ALMOST $10,000!!!
Roy Nathanson – neighbor, celebrated educator and world-renowned musician – has recorded, composed and performed with Debbie Harry, Jeff Buckley, Elvis Costello, Mavis Staples and many more. During the pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, he brought joy to our community by playing improvised spirituals on his saxophone from his second-storey porch at 5pm for 82 consecutive days. Neighbor musicians joined in, creating a ritual of community bonding at a time of crisis. The 5PM Porch Music Program soon evolved as a way for young people in isolation to gather and build relationships through creative expression and performance.
Since 2020, the 5PM Porch Music Program has engaged 120 young people in Brooklyn with more than 200 hours of private instruction and mentorship, ensemble rehearsal and a dozen multi-generational community concerts. Now in its 3rd season, the 5PM Porch Music Program needs community support to achieve its mission of bringing accessible and meaningful music education and performance experiences to youth of all backgrounds in Flatbush and Kensington.
Join us on October 16, at the home of Mary Kay and Bill Seery in the beautiful landmarked Prospect Park South neighborhood to celebrate and support the 5PM Porch Music Program. Suggested donation is $100 and all are welcome. No one will be turned away. The benefit address will be provided after reservations are made using the form below.
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5PM Porch Concerts – Music Program for Youth
In a normal year, local organizations in Brooklyn, like the Flatbush Development Corporation, offer summer programs for neighborhood kids, but in 2020 these programs were cancelled due to the pandemic. Many children were left stuck at home without anything to do in the summer and without financial means to pay for the few remaining summer learning options, most of which were outside of the city.
The 5pm Porch Concerts youth program was created in response to this need. The program gives Brooklyn teens the opportunity to create and perform original music and poetry alongside professional musicians.
Our program intends to bring music instruction and performance back to the streets, making music communal and joyful, emphasizing performance, spontaneity and accessibility. In our teaching, we emphasize ensemble playing, learning by ear, improvisation and composition. We have collaborated with several neighborhood organizations to put on monthly concerts for the community. To learn more about the 5pm Porch Concerts program, visit http://5pmporchconcerts.org.
In order to ensure that the program is accessible to all, we have made it free to all participants. Therefore, in order to maintain it, we rely on grants and contributions from donors.
Help us extend this program into the future, please donate today!