BENEFITING: PEOPLES MUSIC SCHOOL INC
As you may know, years ago one of my majors in college was cello performance yet I have not played in public since 2001... I am finally taking my cello out of retirement for a fundraising concert in support of an incredible organization: The People’s Music School. Now in its 40th year, TPMS delivers multi-year music education, completely free, to hundreds of disadvantaged students across Chicago. Providing rigorous and immersive programs, the school changes the lives of the kids that participate, helping them achieve goals that would have otherwise appeared unattainable -- whether it's gaining admission into some of the top high schools in Chicago or playing on stage at Symphony Center, the TPMS students are broadening their ideas of what their futures can be. Seeing these kids has served as a reminder for how fortunate I was to have had access to music and what an amazing gift it is to make it, and all the benefits music offers, available for free. Music has instilled in me so much more than the ability to play the cello - it's given me a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem and discipline that has proved invaluable in all parts of my life. Doesn't everyone deserve access to such a special gift? TPMS makes that dream of open access, regardless of financial situation, a reality like no other organization in the United States.
Any funds we raise will be matched by two generous donors, meaning anything you contribute will have three times the impact - what an exciting opportunity to maximize our giving!
I would be honored to have you attend my “re-debut” on May 6th, 2016 where I will perform with Debbie Lee (violinist and my lovely fiancée), Rob Gordon (cellist and CEO of my employer Driehaus Capital Management), Jason Klein (pianist and fellow TPMS Board member) and TPMS students. Please RSVP here – family and friends are welcome! In addition, please plan to attend and RSVP for the post-concert reception I will be hosting at a bar nearby. This will be your opportunity to tell me about all the notes I missed!
Thank you so much for your support!