BCNY Student Musicians Return to Symphony Space for Annual Concert

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Boys from Nation’s Oldest Youth Development Center Perform on Symphony Space’s Stage for Special Benefit Concert

The Boys’ Club of New York (BCNY) is excited to announce that they will be returning to Peter Norton’s Symphony Space for the annual BCNY Band Concert on May 17th at 7pm.

The 2012 concert will feature pieces from all different genres, including works by Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Dave Matthews Band, and Katy Perry, plus special renditions of Marc Anthony’s “I Need to Know,” and funk-band War’s classic anthem “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” Tickets are free for the performers’ friends and family, and available for purchase by nonmembers online starting at $100. All proceeds go directly to support BCNY’s programming.

This year’s band is made up of approximately 40 members from all three clubhouses, led by BCNY’s Director of Music Education, Malcolm Swisher. Band members have been studying with accomplished music teachers through BCNY’s Josie Robertson School of Music and Art, a program offered at each clubhouse.

BCNY’s music program began in 1998 at the Gerry Clubhouse (then known as the Jefferson Park Clubhouse) in East Harlem. It was so successful—and so popular—that the program was soon replicated in the other clubhouses, first at the Harriman Clubhouse in 2008 and the following year at the Abbe Clubhouse. Today, the music program offers lessons in piano, percussion, drums, saxophone, bass and guitar, ukulele and mandolin, vibes, violin, voice, and chorus, focusing not just on technical skills but also on music appreciation.

The very first All-Stars Concert was spontaneously staged on the roof of the Gerry Clubhouse in 1999. After two years of rooftop concerts, the performances were moved to the auditorium, where more guests could be accommodated. Soon enough the Gerry’s auditorium proved too small, and the concerts had to relocate to outside venues. For three years, the All-Stars performed at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, followed by two years at Lincoln Center, and one performance at Juilliard. 2011 marked the All-Stars Symphony Space debut.

For information about purchasing a ticket to the All-Stars Concert, please visit BCNY.org.

About the Boys Club
The Boys’ Club of New York is the nation’s oldest boys club, founded in 1876. Through its clubhouses and summer camp, BCNY offers programs that help boys and young men stay in school and go on to college, discover their individual musical and artistic talents, develop healthy bodies, and just have fun. Over 50% of BCNY boys live in single-parent, female-headed homes, most on public assistance. For membership dues of only $5 a year, the boys have access to gyms, swimming pools, computer labs, music studios, and a host of activities that they enjoy and that enrich their lives. BCNY helps build boys into men of character with strong values, discipline, and a positive perspective that counters the negative forces found on city streets.

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If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with BCNY, please call Helen Frank at 347.505.5416 or e-mail Helen at Helen.Frank(at)bcny(dot)org.

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