SPENCERTOWN — Spencertown Academy Arts Center will host the Kids Need Music Annual Benefit Concert with acclaimed soprano Kathleen O’Mara and pianist Chris Reynolds at 3 p.m. Nov. 23. Proceeds from the program of art songs, arias, and popular songs will be used to purchase band instruments to be donated to the Hudson City School District. Tickets are $25 general admission and $75 benefactor and may be purchased in advance via www.spencertownacademy.org.
Kids Need Music is a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that underprivileged schools have musical instruments for their music program. “68 percent of the children of Hudson are classified as underprivileged and can not afford to rent or purchase their own instrument,” says Kids Need Music President Craig Bender, who is also a member of the Spencertown Academy Music Committee. “To date, Kids Need Music has donated over 300 instruments to the Hudson schools. That’s 300 more children playing music!”
Currently pursuing a Masters in Music at Juilliard, Kathleen O’Mara has performed in such operas as The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, The Turn of the Screw, and Don Giovanni.
Chris Reynolds is a doctoral candidate at Juilliard with recent performances at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood. He is a two-time winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital Auditions leading to recitals in Alice Tully Hall.
Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 Route 203, Spencertown. For information, see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.