bergenPAC to host the sounds of music for JCC Thurnauer School gala benefit
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bergenPAC to host the sounds of music for JCC Thurnauer School gala benefit

From left, Mindy Kaufman (Christian Steiner), Anthony McGill (Courtesy JCCOTP), and Michael McHale (Courtesy JCCOTP)
From left, Mindy Kaufman (Christian Steiner), Anthony McGill (Courtesy JCCOTP), and Michael McHale (Courtesy JCCOTP)

The Kaplen JCC Thurnauer School of Music will celebrate 33 years of music on Wednesday, May 10, at 7 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, at its 27th annual “Gift of Music” gala benefit.

The concert features world-renowned Anthony McGill, principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic; Mindy Kaufman, piccolo and flute, New York Philharmonic; and Michael McHale, international piano soloist, plus Thurnauer’s student ensembles.

The gala will also honor two local families, Karen and Michael Neus and Heidi Chen Lauring and Brett Lauring, who have generously helped make community music  possible by dedicating their time and efforts to Thurnauer for years.

“Most major conservatories don’t take young beginner students, but a child interested in studying music needs to start somewhere, and with the best possible music education,” said Thurnauer director Dorothy Kaplan Roffman.  “Thurnauer prides itself on providing this ‘best-start’ education and this is what really sets us apart. The music school introduces young children to the incredible world of music, excites them about all the possibilities and provides them with an education where they can get it right from the beginning.  Our honorees know this firsthand. Between them, they have eight children who studied at Thurnauer and credit it for enriching their lives.”

The annual benefit concert serves as the school’s major fundraising event and primary source of scholarship assistance for those who cannot afford the cost of tuition. It was established by Drs. Joan and Alan Handler to bring the joys of music-making to a broad student population in a nurturing and supportive environment.

For information on the concert and the featured artists, or for journal and sponsorship opportunities, go to www.jccotp.org/gom or email Nina Bachrach at nbachrach@jccotp.org, or call her at (201) 408-1406.

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