Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ten Grands ‘A Must See Concert Event!’

Ten Grands features ten grand pianos and ten concert pianists playing a variety of classical and modern pieces both simultaneously and individually. Presented just once a year in Portland Oregon at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and in Seattle at the world class Beneroya Hall.

I 'm proud to be a part of this amazing event...and have been for the past twelve years! The music highlights many of our young up and coming musicians; it's inspirational!

Concert proceeds benefit The Snowman Foundation (over two million dollars to date!), which in turn benefits youth service groups, helps generate scholarships and music lessons for disadvantaged youth in the Northwest and helps purchase pianos for schools and organizations in need.

What began as the vision of my friend, Michael Allen Harrison, Northwest composer and pianist, has evolved into a community effort that shares the joy, the healing, the learning, and the life-changing gifts music has to offer. The Snowman Foundation was formed in September of 1999 to promote the musical arts in the Pacific Northwest.

The Foundation's primary source of funding comes from fundraising events such as the annual "Ten Grands" concerts, as well as recordings, theater productions, and small concerts. Proceeds from these events support our schools, our children, and our community through the following:

  • Musical instruments, materials, and supplies for members of targeted groups
  • Performing arts lessons for members of targeted groups
  • Scholarships for laboratory studies in the performing arts
  • Artist-in-resident grants for targeted groups
  • Grants to fund production and travel costs to bring performing arts productions to target groups
  • Encouragement of multi-generational and multi-cultural interaction in artistic productions

School budget cuts continue to increase the demand for foundation funds and services. Over one half of our community's elementary schools have lost their music programs. To address this void, The Snowman Foundation launched a campaign to bring the music back to places where it has been dearly missed and desperately needed.

This event will hopefully be embraced in other cities around the country soon but for now its Seattle and Portland Oregon. I can’t encourage you enough to attend one of these concerts, and or make a donation in support of our children’s musical future!

For more information on donations…

A few videos on YouTube from various Ten Grands performances....

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