This guest post is from Brian Kaufman and Michael Reichman, co-recipients of From the Top’s 2010 Margaret Stewart Lindsay Arts Leadership Award, as they get ready to launch their new organization:
So it’s been a while since our last update as Margaret Stewart Lindsay Arts Leadership Award recipients. We received original the grant for Musical Diplomacy, a community-focused project that addressed social issues through music. Now we’re excited to be LAUNCHING our NEW ORGANIZATION, The Sounding Board (TSB) on September 24 at 8PM @ Yes Oui Si.
At TSB we create live music productions that address social issues. Our events combine world-class performers with top-tier nightlife entertainment producers, invigorate timeless classical pieces with some of the hippest new music around, intertwine commentary from celebrities with noted public figures, and feature dynamic scripts from some of Boston’s most promising writers. TSB wants to create not just an entertaining evening of music, but make it relevant to the world around us—illuminating current events and cultivating dialogue on social issues.
In order to do that, we’ve sought out other artists that feel the same way. Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR), who conducted his Symphony for the Dance Floor at our last Musical Diplomacy event, has joined The Sounding Board as our Executive Producer. We’re ecstatic to have him on board! Additionally, we recruited an incredible creative team who have helped us in shaping our vision, image, values and programs – read more about them HERE.
We are ecstatic to be launching our organization in just a few short days, with an extremely talented line-up of artists: TSB Executive Producer and performer Emmy-nominated composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, singer-songwriter Mia Friedman, award-winning jazz singer Aubrey Johnson, rock-pianist and songwriter Andrew Horowitz from the band Tally Hall, and Harvard Lampoon writer Ben Smith (who is helping us develop the comedic aspects of the program).
For those of you in Boston that may be interested in attending the show, we’d love to have you there! You have to be 18 or older to get in, but can check out pictures and videos on our Facebook page after the show. Tickets are available at this link.
We couldn’t have done any of this without the support of many great people and organizations – especially From the Top. We want to encourage all of you: if you have an idea, a dream, or a vision, with enough hard work, patience and determination you can make it happen.