The Melody Masters Big Band, directed by Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes, is collaborating with the Rochester Education Foundation (REF), Lovin’ Cup Bistro and Brews, and Jazz 90.1 radio, to present “Lovin’ Education” – a benefit concert that will provide support to Rochester City School District (RCSD) music students.
On Sunday, April 28, from 6 – 8:30 PM, the band and friends will perform two sets of big band music at Lovin’ Cup to benefit REF and its “Spring for Music” initiative. Rob Linton, Station Manager at Jazz90.1 radio, will serve as emcee. Lovin’ Cup, the venue host, is located at 300 Park Point Drive, Suite 101, Rochester, NY 14623.
Tax-deductible donations will be accepted at the door via cash or check. Suggested levels are: $10 for adults 18 and over; $30 – Family rate (parents and one or more children age 12-17); Children age 11 or younger are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Gently used wind, brass, percussion and string instruments may be donated at the event.
The Melody Masters Big Band engages music-loving audiences throughout the greater Rochester, NY region at music festivals, private and public community events, benefit and social occasions, as well as side-by-side concerts with school students. With such high levels of child poverty in the City of Rochester (at 50% according to the 2018 ACT Rochester Community Report Card), families find it difficult to support their talented children. Recognizing this need, Dr. Parkes and the Melody Masters Big Band are eager to help RCSD families through this concert.
Independent of the Rochester City School District, REF, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports RCSD students through a host of initiatives. Students pursuing music have several opportunities: summer music lesson studies at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, using a repaired instrument that was donated, and applying for a scholarship.