Jennifer Hudson and the Cleveland Orchestra Headline a New Initiative Benefiting the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin

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A private patron reception and charity gala concert launches fundraising efforts for Children’s Opportunities for Music Participation (COMP) Program is in conjunction with Menuhin Competition Austin 2014.

WHO: COMP (Children’s Opportunities for Music Participation) is a 2014 community outreach initiative of the Butler School of Music (BSOM) at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners. The initiative is designed to provide musical instruments and music instruction to young people across the greater Austin area, specifically in underprivileged school communities where access is limited. COMP’s genesis is based on efforts developed via Mr. Smith’s Lincoln Hills Recording Series program. (http://www.LincolnHills.com)

Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs addressing both the practical and theoretical disciplines that make the music industry so rich and diverse.

WHAT: Jennifer Hudson, the Academy Award and Grammy winning recording artist, actress and spokesperson, will perform at a Private Patron Reception to launch the COMP Program on Thursday, February 27.

On Sunday, March 2, The Cleveland Orchestra will headline a Charity Gala Concert to conclude the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international violin competition for young players. Directed by Giancarlo Guerro, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world and is considered one of the most important orchestras in the United States. During the performance, Menuhin Competition winners will share the stage with The Cleveland Orchestra. The COMP program is supported by the generosity of Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners, who envisions a program that will spark a flame of innovation and foster a lifetime love of music in Austin youth.

The Menuhin Competition's Closing Gala Concert featuring the Cleveland Orchestra will be broadcast via a live video stream. The performance occurs on Sunday, March 2nd at 7:00pm. During the stream, listeners will have the opportunity to support the COMP program.

DETAILS: Butler School of Music COMP Program Events **All attendance donations directly benefit COMP**

Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.
Private Patron Reception Benefiting COMP

Enjoy a culinary experience by Top Chef Paul Qui with special performances by Jennifer Hudson, Arabella Steinbacher, Olivier Charlier, Kevin Zhu, Gordon Back, The Sphinx Laureates. To secure your attendance, please donate on one of the following levels: $5,000 Patron, $3,500 Benefactor or $2,000 Supporter. For questions or additional information, please contact: Melissa(at)SilhouetteGroup(dot)com or 850.445.9034.

Sunday, March 2, 7pm
Cleveland Orchestra Gala Concert Benefiting COMP at Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
To purchase tickets ranging from $44-$104, visit: http://thelongcenter.org/visit/box-office/.

For more information and to provide direct support for the COMP Fund, please visit: http://music.utexas.edu/outreach/GroupVisits.aspx.

WHAT ELSE: Children's Opportunities for Music Participation (COMP) is a 2014 community outreach initiative     of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. COMP is designed to create access to music instruments and instruction for young people across the greater Austin area, specifically in school communities where access to music instruments and private instruction is limited by economic restraints. The Butler School String Project and UT Elementary music outreach programs provide a foundation of experience in music education for our community's young     musicians. Today, this experience is paired with the funding development leadership of Austin-based Vista Equity Partners to build a sustainable program that will continue to grow and foster a lifetime love of music for our youth. For more information, visit: http://music.utexas.edu/outreach/GroupVisits.aspx.

In the live music capital of the world, the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs addressing both the practical and theoretical disciplines that make the music industry so rich     and diverse. The Butler School’s rich performance environment brings great music to both Austin and world stages, and access to the gifted faculty and students who engage their audiences. For more information, visit: http://music.utexas.edu/Default.aspx.

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