The Brooklyn Conservatory’s Music Partners program, which provides intensive music instruction to over 4,000 children around the city, hopes to commission a new work from jazz composer Harris Eisenstadt that will feature New York City schoolchildren playing percussion alongside the conservatory’s community orchestra. The conservatory hopes to raise $6,000 to finance the project. “I’m hoping that the idea of getting NYC kids performing some thrilling music with our community orchestra is as exciting to you as it is to me,” says Brooklyn Conservatory music director Dorothy Savitch in the project’s Kickstarter video.

Eisenstadt shares her enthusiasm for the project, and says he hopes the piece will allow the students and the adult performers in the community orchestra have a very real musical dialogue. “How can I find some meaningful way for everybody to coexist, and have it be as musical an experience for a bunch of kids with hand drums as it is for a bunch of adults with orchestral instruments?” he asks. “And also, how can audience feel like that was an organic experience?”

The conservatory has raised $2,850 of its $6,000 goal so far, with 41 days to go.

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