Paterson Music Project
Development Blog by Elizabeth Piercey | December 2018
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who can never repay you.”
John Wooden, basketball coach and inspirational leader
At Wharton Arts, we use music as an instrument for social transformation. We believe that everyone can learn to experience and express music deeply regardless of their background, receive its many benefits, and make positive life choices because of this learning.
Donations made to Wharton Arts through December 31 will be matched $1 for $1 by a very generous donor. The donor will match donations up to $50,000!
We will use these funds to build our grassroots efforts in Paterson to offer a free Saturday Youth Orchestra, bringing young musicians across the city to play together. These funds are essential to continuing our delightful community choir for older adults. We will also celebrate New Jersey Youth Symphony’s 40th anniversary this year with a public concert at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. We need your support to make all of this possible! Make an online donation here.
Development Blog by Elizabeth Piercey | November 2018
Tomorrow, Wharton Arts will celebrate #GivingTuesday, an annual day of generosity when YOU can help bring the joy of music to children in our community.
Please help us reach our $2,500 goal to help music change lives. Start by making a donation on one of our Facebook pages or through our website. Your amazing support will help support young musicians like Hector and Haylee.
In an amazing commitment to charities across the globe, Facebook and PayPal are matching donations on Facebook for a total of up to $7 million dollars. Your donations to @The Paterson Music Project, @New Jersey Youth Symphony, and @Wharton Arts, could be matched!
Thank you for your support and remember, even the smallest gift can make a big difference!
Paterson Music Project Blog: Voices of the Silk City by Danielle Lefebvre | November 2018
The Art in the Park Showcase is a free, public event featuring performances by local artists from the Silk City in the heart of Paterson’s Great Falls National Park. On October 14, PMP performed alongside other student and adult groups presented through different mediums of art such as dance, monologue, poetry, murals, and music. This was the second year that PMP has participated in the event.
New this year, was a collaboration with New York City-based salsa band, People of Earth (POE). POE is a dynamic world music ensemble creating an explosive blend of music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and beyond. PMP performed the famous tune, “Oye Como Va,” alongside People of Earth.
PMP staff member Danielle Lefebvre sat down with POE’s director, Gabriel Globus-Hoenich about the event. Here’s what he had to say:
How was the experience performing with the PMP kids?
Personally it was extra special playing with my best friends, who I teach alongside, and to play for students and their families. It was great to interact with students and their families and seeing their reaction to the fusion music. We usually play for a general audience, so performing for families was special since we are trying to incorporate and develop a family audience in our program. Half the band are teachers and some students.
What was the significance of the music you chose?
We wanted to choose a mix of songs in English and Spanish because the families are mixed, so we performed, “Oye Como Va.” We wanted music about inclusion, sharing, and friendship. We played original songs as well as a Stevie Wonder cover that touches on socio-economic issues.
What was the significance of the Great Falls Festival to you?
“It was our first Great Falls Festival; it was beautiful, great production staff, super cool venue, and a beautiful place!”