On June 4 — the same week that the full Orchestra performs concerts celebrating music’s power to unite and heal — Principal Cello Carter Brey and some of his fellow New York Philharmonic musicians will manifest this power for the community of survivors of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
They will perform at Chasing the Music, a benefit for the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation, founded by Stephen and Rebecca Kowalski to celebrate the life of their son, Chase, through programs that support the health and wellness of children and their families. The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Watch Brey and Rebecca Kowalski discuss the project in the video above.
The musicians will perform Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, with Sandy Hook Elementary School student artwork projected onstage to illustrate each of the movements. The Philharmonic musicians joining Brey are Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Assistant Concertmaster Michelle Kim, Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young, Principal Bass Timothy Cobb, Principal Flute Robert Langevin, and Associate Principal Percussion Daniel Druckman. The other musicians are pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter, clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky, and percussionist Benjamin Cornavaca.
“The opportunity that Carter Brey has provided to CMAK through the Chasing the Music event is a testament to his generosity and good intentions to support the work of the Foundation,” said Rebecca Kowalski. “Being able to include Newtown students in the event and expose them to these masters of music that will perform is an honor.”
Click here for more information on the event and the foundation.