Thursday, December 11, 2008



An Evening of Chamber Music and Poetry
presented by

with support from the Alexander Schneider Foundation
and Gramercy Arts High School

Friday, December 12 at 7:00 PM
Washington Irving High School
40 Irving Place between 16 and 17th St. (off of Union Square) NY, NY
General Admission $10, Free for Students

Songs by Brahms, Schubert, Spirituals
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano
Webern Six Bagatelles for String Quartet
Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon
Original poetry by Gramercy Arts High School Students

Jasmine Lin and Sharon Roffman, violins
Max Mandel, viola
Clancy Newman, cello
Melvin Chen, piano
Charles Mays, Jr. bass-baritone

Please join Class Notes and Gramercy Arts High School on December 12th at 7:00 pm for a beautiful evening of chamber music and poetry featuring works by Brahms, Ravel, Schoenberg and Webern and original poetry by Gramercy Arts Students.

This concert is the culmination of a residency at Gramercy Arts High School, where ClassNotes artists will have spent the preceding week leading students in an exploration of the relationship between music and poetry.

Three topics will be covered: the poetry of Langston Hughes as it relates to the blues, the music of Anton Webern and its commonality with the Haiku, and an examination of how composers set poems to music.

Students will create their own original poetry; selections of their work will be presented, along with chamber music pieces performed by ClassNotes' artists at the final concert on December 12th.

We are very proud of our partnership with Gramercy Arts High School and look forward to what will surely be a moving evening. Please come -- general admission tickets are only $10!

ClassNotes relies on donations to provide these outstanding programs to students. If you can, please consider supporting ClassNotes
. Your donation directly makes it possible for public school children across America to experience high quality live performances and innovative music education. Any amount is much appreciated. Sponsor a workshop ($250) a half day of workshops ($500) or a full day of workshops ($1000) and join us for a VIP champagne reception with the artists following the December 12 concert. To donate or buy tickets to the concert, please send checks to the PO Box address below, with your name, contact info, and number of tickets requested. (All donations $250 and up include 2 concert tickets.) General admission tickets will also be available at the door.

Check out our website for videos, musicians' bios and more info about ClassNotes.

We hope to see you at the concert!

All best,
Sharon Roffman
founder/artistic director ClassNotes

PO Box 1753
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

ClassNotes is a non-profit organization committed to introducing public school students to classical music through interactive workshops and concerts led by critically acclaimed young musicians.

By presenting teaching musicians who are exemplary artists, articulate speakers, and charismatic personalities, ClassNotes seeks to inspire enthusiastic and engaged new listeners.

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