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ELEVEN-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER PAQUITO D'RIVERA AND HIS LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM AT MUSIC SCHOOL'S 23RD ANNUAL GIFT OF MUSIC GALA BENEFIT CONCERT, JANUARY 30, 2013
(Published: January 23, 2013)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: George Berry FAX: 201.227.1997
PHONE: 201.408.1464 E-MAIL: gberry@jccotp.org

ELEVEN-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER
PAQUITO D'RIVERA
AND HIS LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM AT MUSIC SCHOOL'S
23RD ANNUAL GIFT OF MUSIC GALA BENEFIT CONCERT,
JANUARY 30, 2013

MUSIC SCHOOL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO
AVI AND DR. GALIT M. SACAJIU:
COMMUNITY LEADERS, HUMANITARIANS, AND DEAR FRIENDS

WBGO 88.3 FM JAZZ HOST SHEILA ANDERSON TO EMCEE


Tenafly, N.J., January 10, 2013-The JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey's leading community music school, announces its 23rd annual Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert, featuring 11-time Grammy® Award winner Paquito D'Rivera and his Latin jazz ensemble. The concert will take place Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (30 North Van Brunt Street - Englewood, N.J.). A VIP reception will precede the event, at 6:30, and a "meet the artists" reception will follow. Proceeds from the evening will benefit all the Music School's programs, including its scholarship fund (More than 20 percent of Thurnauer students are on partial or full scholarship.) and its Music Discovery Partnership-a collaboration with the Englewood (N.J.) Public School District since 1997.

Sheila Anderson, host on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, author, and producer, will serve as the evening's dynamic emcee. The concert will mark Ms. Anderson's second Gift of Music appearance-she also emceed the Music School's 2003 Gift of Music concert, with guest artists Marian McPartland, piano; Rufus Reid, bass; and Kimberly Thompson, drums.

"Jazz education and children are close to my heart. I am excited to return to Thurnauer and thrilled to share the stage with Mr. Paquito D'Rivera, one of my all-time favorite musicians. Together, we will support Thurnauer's efforts to bring great music and education into the lives of all members of the community. "

The evening will also include a special tribute to Avi and Dr. Galit M. Sacajiu. Mr. Sacajiu is a member of the JCC's board of directors and Dr. Sacajiu is a physician who has, in the past few years, devoted herself to rebuilding medical services in Haiti. Both are dedicated and gracious supporters of the Thurnauer School.

The grand finale will feature Mr. D'Rivera and his musicians with the Music School's outstanding
student groups, including the Young People's Chorus at Thurnauer (an affiliate of the Young
People's Chorus of New York City™); the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra; and instrumental groups.

Paquito D'Rivera, clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and total musician, was nominated for a 2012 Latin Grammy® Award for Best Instrumental Album for Día y Medio with guitarist Berta Rojas. An 11-time Grammy® winner, Mr. D'Rivera's career has included immense contributions to both jazz and classical music. A featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony at age 17, Mr. D'Rivera co-founded Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, which he directed for two years, and toured extensively in the United States and Europe with his jazz/rock/classical/traditional Cuban ensemble, Irakere. Mr. D'Rivera has recorded more than 30 solo albums and has published two books: My Sax Life and Oh, La Habana.

Among his myriad accolades is the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award; the National Medal of the Arts; the Kennedy Center's Living Jazz Legend Award; and honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music and the University of Pennsylvania. The National Endowment for the Arts Web site calls Mr. D'Rivera "the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and Mozart." The 2013 Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert will mark Mr. D'Rivera's second appearance with Thurnauer students. The Paquito D'Rivera Jazz Quintet performed at the Music School's 2001 benefit to a sold out house.

"We are thrilled to welcome our friend Paquito back to the JCC Thurnauer School of Music for our 23rd annual Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert," said Music School founding director Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. "We have fond memories of his outstanding performance with our students in 2001, and we cannot wait to see what he has in store for us in 2013. We are extraordinarily grateful to him, to our generous sponsors, and to our wonderful Music School families, and look forward to an excellent and delightful evening in support of music education."

The Music Discovery Partnership (MDP) began as an outreach program to area schools in 1993. An intensive collaboration with the Englewood Public School District, now in its 15th year, has been praised by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as "a stellar example...one of the finest in the state." Offering three levels of focus, MDP serves children in kindergarten through 12th grade during and after school, both on-site and at the Thurnauer School.

Individual adult tickets are $250 (includes pre- and post-concert VIP receptions); $90 (premium seating); and $50. The student price is $25. To purchase tickets at the $250 or $90 levels, please contact the Music School at 201.408.1465 or thurnauer@jccotp.org. For $50 tickets or student tickets, please contact the Bergen Performing Arts Center at 201.227.1030, or visit the Web site at bergenpac.org.

For more information about the Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert, please visit http://www.bergenpac.org and type "Thurnauer" in the search box at the top of the screen.

For sponsorship opportunities, including underwriting tickets for public school children, please contact Alison Holzberg Kenny, development director, at 201.408.1462 or akenny@jccotp.org.

23rd Annual Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert
featuring 11-time Grammy® Award winner Paquito D'Rivera and his Latin jazz ensemble
Sheila Anderson, emcee

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 7:30 p.m. (VIP reception 6:30 p.m. | post-concert meet-the-artists reception)
Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 North Van Brunt Street | Englewood, NJ

Additional performers to include:
Young People's Chorus at Thurnauer (Emma Brondolo, artistic director)
Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra (Lou Kosma, music director)
JCC Thurnauer School of Music instrumental ensembles

About Paquito D'Rivera
Eleven-time Grammy® Award winner Paquito D'Rivera's career has included immense contributions to both jazz and classical music. A member and featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony at age 17, Mr. D'Rivera co-founded Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, which he directed for two years. He toured extensively in the United States and Europe with jazz/rock/classical/traditional Cuban ensemble Irakere. His myriad awards include the NEA Jazz Masters Award and the National Medal of the Arts (2005); the Living Jazz Legend Award from The Kennedy Center (2007); the Jazz Journalist Association's Clarinetist of the Year Award (2004, 2006); the International Association for Jazz Education's President's Award (2008); the Medal of Honor from the National Arts Club (2009); and many other accolades. He has received honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music (Boston) and the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. D'Rivera has recorded more than 30 solo albums and has published two books: My Sax Life and Oh, La Habana. For more information, please visit http://www.paquitodrivera....

About Sheila Anderson
WBGO 88.3 FM weekend jazz after hours host Sheila Anderson began her career in 1973, at the age of 16, when she was elected New York State Youth President of the NAACP. She later served on its national board of directors from 1977 to 1981. Her varied experience includes positions as a staff writer for Oceana magazine; with various publishers; the creator of The Art of Jazz, for Time Warner Cable, for which she earned a Manhattan Neighborhood Network Award for Community Media; a public speaking faculty member at Union County College (N.J.); and many others. A graduate of Baruch College, Ms. Anderson has published two books, with Allworth Press: The Quotable Musician: From Bach to Tupac and How to Grow as a Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed. For more information, please visit http://www.wbgo.org/profi....

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music
The JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey's leading community music school, has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Open to everyone with a desire to learn music, it offers a comprehensive program of private lessons for students of all ages on every instrument and voice, plus musicianship classes and orchestral, choral, jazz, and chamber ensembles. Concert and master class artists have included Glenn Dicterow, Pinchas Zukerman, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Paquito D'Rivera, Mark O'Connor, Alan Gilbert and musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Francisco J. Núñez, Bob McGrath, Colin and Eric Jacobsen, and many more world-class musicians. Recipient of a special award for "excellence and high standards" from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. It is part of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, a non-profit organization serving more than 20,000 people annually from Bergen County and beyond.

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photo credit: R. Andrew Lepley

More Information: http://www.bergenpac.org


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