Music for the community

Singer-actress Melissa Errico, composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray,” “Mary Poppins Returns”), and WQXR radio broadcaster Elliott Forrest will be among the special guests for “Keep the Music Playing: A Virtual Concert for the Community” today, May 8, at noon.

It’s a valentine from more than 100 Music Conservatory of Westchester students, faculty members, alumni and their special friends to first responders, medical professionals and essential workers. Or should we say a trio of valentines. Due to the volume of videos, the conservatory will present three 90-minute concerts on its YouTube channel at noon on consecutive Fridays, beginning today.

“Music has always been a source of inspiration, joy and comfort in all types of circumstances,” says Jean Newton, the conservatory’s executive director. “It is especially important in times of crisis. Music brings people together and, in today’s world, we’re so lucky to have the capacity to do this even if we can’t all be in the same room.”

As a nonprofit music school in White Plains, the conservatory is dedicated to its mission to provide the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community. The school’s signature mission-based initiatives include a Scholarship Program for financially-deserving students to enable them to pursue their musical dreams, a Music Therapy Program for children and adults with disabilities and a Healing Our Heroes music therapy program for U.S. military veterans. More than 3,000 students from the greater Westchester County region are served by the conservatory each year.

Each concert will be available for viewing and sharing at www.youtube.com/user/MusicConservatory.

You can see a preview performance here.

— edited by Georgette Gouveia

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