Millennium Chamber Symphony (MCS) is a professional, artist-run ensemble that leverages music to create lasting, positive change in New York City and beyond.
Through a combination of world-class performances, youth mentoring, and targeted community outreach, Millennium Chamber Symphony uses the power of their music to bring joy, hope, and opportunity to those they entertain and serve.
The group aims to transform fascination into passion, curiosity into confidence, and knowledge into ambition, for its musicians and audiences alike.
Price Range: $1000 - $2000 (tax deductible organization)
This is the opportunity to book music with a mission. An organization not looking for financial gain, but instead volunteering their time to improve New York City through the power of music.
WHY WE SERVE:
Millennium Chamber Symphony is not a music organization.
No, at its core, MCS is a service organization. An organization dedicated to improving the lives of others. An organization dedicated to building a better world for those around us.
Music just happens to be our tool of choice...
Because to create powerful change, you need a powerful tool. A tool that can just as easily create smiles and elicit memories as it can ease pain and improve cognitive abilities.
Music is much more than the friction of a bow against strings or fingers gracing ivory. It's a tool that can drive lasting, positive impact on the the world around us.
It's the tool Millennium Chamber Symphony uses to serve.
HOW WE SERVE:
-As part of Lincoln Center's year-long centennial celebration of iconic composer Leonard Bernstein, MCS will host a free performance for the public on Saturday March 24th at Bruno Walter Auditorium at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
-Enriching the lives of children and teens across New York City, the MCS "Young Artists Initiative" is a one-on-one mentorship program that pairs youth musicians with a seasoned MCS ensemble member to guide them on their musical journey.
-Sharing the gift of music with one of the most underserved communities, MCS offers performances, music education and more at Senior Living Facilities in New York City and beyond, helping residents stay mentally engaged and emotionally fulfilled.
-Acting on the growing collection of research that highlights the benefits music can have on both physical and mental recovery, MCS hosts an ongoing series of "Music & Healing" sessions at Mount Sinai, playing live music for those that need it most.
The Millennium Chamber Symphony was initially conceived in 1999 with the vision of an autonomous ensemble, where all members were new performers of the highest caliber, and equally committed to developing non-artistic skills of each member for the maintenance and growth of the ensemble as an autonomous organization. All members, selected by audition, were guaranteed a solo concerto appearance. An innovative component of the self-governing mission was to establish a financial support system using a novel financial tool designed by one of the founding MCS advisors. A prospectus for a Charitable Trust was created to attract donors. However based and developed in the 2nd of the twin towers, the project was inevitably suspended and made dormant since the events of 9/11.
The founding season of MCS 1999-2000 included performances, with additional chamber music performances from ensembles within MCS, in the New York City metro area such as Saint Patricks Cathedral, Leonia Methodist Church, The Church for All Nations, Riverside Church. Distinguished inaugural season highlights include presentations of works by Richard Danielpour, Katherine Hoover and Daniel Shore, programmed with well-received debuts of traditional concertos by members of MCS. The founders gratefully acknowledge the support of ASCAP, Meet The Composer, and The Field of New York. Instrumental to the realization of these presentations is Yamaha Piano Artist and co-founder Alexander Wu; with the production of performances of MCS and its chamber groups into his established Ground Base Artists Series in NYC.
Fifteen years post 9/11, Mr. Wu has reassembled MCS in extraordinary effort with new and forthcoming talent and programming. The ‘renaissance’ Inaugural Concert of MCS on November 21st, 2015 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, NYC, featured American composer David Amram conducting his work “ VVariations on Red River Valley” for flute and strings with guest soloist Marco Granados, Guest Daniela Candillari conducting “ Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Alexander Wu, solo piano. With the partnership of co-founding advisor Anna Maria Manalo, the vision of an autonomous ensemble without artistic compromise continues; with an updated financial support model that builds relationships through crowdfunding, co-charitable partnerships, volunteerism, and private funding.
In keeping with the theme of A Return to the Human Spirit, the MCS provides opportunities for people of all ages to realise their musical ambitions, in an accessible, inclusive and supportive environment, within a community of like-minded classical music enthusiasts, whilst bringing joy to those who are most in need… There are few other organisations in the metropolitan New York / tri-state area which have as wide as reach in offering the gift of music as the MCS – for both performers and audiences alike.
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