Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra Concert to Raise Funds for NMYO

Kendrick Oliver
Kendrick Oliver

The Second Annual Warm Music for a Winter’s Night will welcome Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra to the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.  This gala benefit for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (NMYO) will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit NMYO’s special programs for young musicians, community outreach efforts, and scholarship fund.  Andover residents Sabina Dowell and Sarahda Ramesh serve on the committee for Warm Music for a Winter’s Night.  Their daughters, Avery Wendell and Yazhini Ramesh, along with 20 other Andover kids, perform with NMYO ensembles.


The Boston Herald declares the New Life Orchestra “inspiring and captivating.” Conductor Kendrick Oliver and his youthful, vibrant and energetic 15+ piece orchestra with female vocalist will light up the stage for a night of infectious sound.  The New Life Jazz Orchestra has been selling out concert halls and turning heads throughout the jazz scene since its inception in 1995 while Oliver was a student at Berklee College of Music.  Learn more about this dynamic group and hear their sound at www.newlifejazz.com.


Warm Music for a Winter’s Night event sponsors include: Anbaric, Galatea Associates, LLC, Pulsifer & Associates, and  Willowdale Estate.  Benefactors, at $150, will enjoy premier seating, an elegant pre-concert reception with hors d’oeuvres, and acknowledgment in the concert program; Patrons, at $75, will include premium seating and acknowledgment in the concert program; Concert Only general admission tickets are priced at $50 and $25.


As the premier youth orchestra program serving northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, NMYO welcomes student musicians from more than 40 towns.  These talented young people play strings, wind, brass, and percussion instruments in eight distinct ensembles, led by Music Director Gerald Dolan and a dedicated group of music educators with top-notch performance and music education backgrounds.  As part of its mission, NMYO student musicians perform free concerts for the public as well as outreach performances for residents in communities who might otherwise not have access to live classical music. Older NMYO student musicians also participate in a unique chamber music program, building essential ensemble skills while working with visiting professional musicians.  In addition, NMYO partners with accomplished composer-in-residence, Robert Bradshaw, who instructs the Intermezzo Orchestra musicians from conception, to writing, to ultimately performing an original composition.


For Benefactor tickets or more information, contact NMYO at info@nmyo.org or (978) 309-9833. For all other tickets, contact Rockport Music at or www.rockportmusic.org or (978) 546-7391.


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