Northport, NY – May 31, 2019 Carnegie Hall is one of the most celebrated music venues in the world with a rich history of outstanding performers and memorable concerts. Grace Music School will be joining the ranks of those musical greats when students and teachers from their school will take center stage at Carnegie’s Weill Hall on June 2. This will be their third time performing at Carnegie Hall in the last four years.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents,” said Grace Casey, the school’s Director and a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. “We had over 42 students try out for 15 solo slots, making it a very competitive selection process. The judges commented on how impressed they were with the level of talent of all who tried out”.
Grace added that “because the school continues to grow, we will likely have to add a second concert the next time we go to Carnegie to accommodate more students.”
The concert will feature pianists, vocalists, and a wide variety of instrumentalists and ensembles, nine singers from the school’s Glee Club. The concert will begin with an exciting 4-hand piano piece, “Mambo” from West Side Story, that will be performed by Grace and her younger brother, Jack. This will be followed by a wide range of music, from well-known classical pieces to recently written contemporary pieces.
“Each year we continue to raise the bar in terms of the quality and variety of music being performed,” Grace added. “There are many people who will be in the audience that have never been to Carnegie Hall and we want them to have a great concert experience and live up the Carnegie’s unparalleled reputation.”
Grace Music School distinguishes itself by providing students with a variety of performance opportunities to help develop them into excellent musicians. “Returning to Carnegie Hall is something we look forward to all year and there is something magical about performing there,” said Grace. “It also gives me an opportunity to perform, which I consider a great privilege.”
“Allowing our students to perform at Carnegie Hall is something we are very proud of and separates us from other music schools on Long Island,” said John Heaphy, who owns the school along with his wife Geri. “This comes only a month after our Make-A-Wish Benefit Concert, so we have been very busy over the last couple of months…but it is all worth it.”
The concert is also a fundraiser for the Kings Park High School Music Department. Grace Music School will be making a $2,000 grant to purchase music-related equipment and supplies that may not be covered by the district’s budget. “The last two times we performed at Carnegie, we made similar grants to Northport and Half Hollow Hills High Schools,” said John. “Many of our students attend these schools and it’s nice to be able to support them in a tangible way.”