Community Events at the Neighborhood Music School
A home-away-from-home for local residents, the Neighborhood Music School is often a gathering place for our movie nights, concerts, picnics, our Annual Eastside Community Festival and other special events.
Neighborhood Music School Provides a Command Performance
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, NMS was asked to provide a special night of music at the home of Ginny Mancini, 2014 Honoree at the School’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. NMS flute student, Khoi Dinh and piano teacher, Rafael Liebich thrilled the guests with their passionate performances and represented NMS in stellar fashion! Khoi, a freshman at John Marshall High School, recently auditioned for LA County High School for the Arts and was the one out of 15 flute players to be selected for acceptance into the LACHSA music program in Fall 2015. Mr. Liebich completed his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California and has taught at NMS since 2012.
The evening was extra special for Khoi, who received a private music lesson from Sir James Galway himself, and his wife, Lady Jeanne. The Galways, close friends of the Mancini family for many years, were not only thrilled with Khoi’s performance, but invited him to attend one of their upcoming flute camps in either Georgia or Switzerland. You can only imagine which one he would like to attend! Sir James Galway is one of the world’s premier flute players, and he and his wife are looking forward to becoming more involved with NMS. Their commitment to young musicians is perfectly aligned with the NMS mission of providing music education for all children.
The Neighborhood Music School would like to express our sincere thanks to Mrs. Mancini for her continued support!
NMS Unplugged: An Evening of Guitars and Beyond
The Neighborhood Music School endeavors to provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the Boyle Heights Community through NMS UNPLUGGED… a series of free concerts at the School, ranging from opera and classical voice recitals, to acoustic guitar, Latin jazz and much more! The performers are none other than our excellent music faculty, students and guests from around the city. NMS UNPLUGGED takes place once per quarter, with the most recent concert on Saturday, January 31st!
Five gifted, acoustic guitarists (NMS current and former faculty members) joined forces to provide over 40 guests with an inspired evening of Latin, folk, classical, Macedonian and American traditional music. Children and adults alike were thrilled with the artistry and skill of our performers. NMS is so fortunate to have within our ranks, such a talented, group of young musicians who are committed to provided quality musical instruction to children and adults alike. Please enjoy some of the photos taken during the concert!
A special thank you to our concert sponsors: The International House of Music, Inc., Johnny Thompson Music and La Casa del Musico!
100th Year Anniversary Celebration
Over 300 guests gathered at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles on September 13th, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Neighborhood Music School (NMS). Among the evening’s highlights was the inaugural presentation of the Mancini Award, given to Mrs. Ginny Mancini, wife of the late composer, Henry Mancini. Annually, the Award will be presented to an individual whose professional and civic endeavors promote music education opportunities for children from low income families. Like her husband, Ginny Mancini has lived her entire life as an advocate for music education. Famed film composer, John Williams was on hand to present the Mancini Award and talk about his lifelong friendship with the Mancini family as well as the importance of music for all children. Accompanied by award winning jazz pianist and Dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Shelly Berg, Ginny actually sang her acceptance speech with the song, A Hundred Years From Today. The evening included superb performances by students from the Neighborhood Music School as well as outstanding performances by Dave Koz, Shelly Berg, Monica Mancini and Cheech & Natasha Marin. NMS Board President, Jeff De Francisco was on hand to announce the very generous $1 Million gift from The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation to establish the Margie Petersen Education Fund. The Petersen’s have also offered matching funds up to another $1 Million through the end of 2017. During the evening, friends of NMS pledged an additional $67,000 toward the Education Fund, which is actually $134,000, given the dollar-for-dollar Petersen match. The funds are dedicated solely for programmatic use and will provide much needed support for many years to come. The Gala was Neighborhood Music School’s largest event to date and attracted a crowd from Hollywood to Highland Park and from Pasadena to Palm Springs. Over $200,000 was raised in support of the School. For more information on the Margie Petersen Education Fund and how each dollar you contribute, is actually worth two dollars, please contact Mitchel Moore, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Music School (323-268-0762).
NMS Receives Instruments From Councilmember Huizar
Councilmember Huizar visited the NMS with Banda Machos and presented the school with new instruments.
Outdoor Movie Nights
Through an ongoing partnership with Girls Today, Women Tomorrow, the school hosts regular outdoor movie nights, including silent films with accompaniment by our students.
Eastside Community Festival
The Neighborhood Music School hosts an annual Eastside Community Festival that includes a basketball tournament to promote camaraderie amongst neighbors, local businesses and other nonprofit organizations.
Other Events At The School
The school is host to many other events from backyard concerts, to Chamber of Commerce events, to Girls Scout meeting and ceremonies to volunteer days in the garden.
Neighborhood Music School Out in the Community
It is important that every student at the school have an opportunity to expand his or her cultural literacy outside of the classroom. Every few months, the school arranges field trips to local performances at venues like the LA Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra, and the Pasadena Symphony. In addition, the school provides its students with opportunities to increase their cultural literacy by bringing them to iconic Los Angeles locations with cultural significance, including Paramount Studios, the U.S.S. Iowa and the Griffith Park Observatory.