As the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra prepares for its May 8 performance at "Spring For Music" at Carnegie Hall, it has partnered with M&T Bank and United Way in New York City to send underserved students to concerts.
The public is invited to donate $28.50 to send a student from the New York City area to the Buffalo Philharmonic's Carnegie Hall concert. M&T Bank, the lead corporate sponsor of the BPO's appearance at Carnegie, will match that donation to send an additional student to the concert. Tickets will be distributed by the United Way.
The BPO will match every ticket purchased in this manner with a complimentary ticket for a student from Buffalo to attend the hometown previews of the Carnegie Hall concert on May 3 and 4. For the price of one ticket, three students will benefit from the experience.
In all, every $28.50 donation to the Symphony for Students program will send three underserved students to a BPO concert.
"We created this initiative because we feel that the arts belong to everyone," said Peter Eliopoulos, chief marketing officer of M&T Bank. "We wanted students who would not have been able to attend a live symphonic concert otherwise to have the opportunity to be inspired by the music and the concert-going experience."
"Throughout our history, outreach has been a key component of the BPO's mission," said BPO Executive Director Daniel Hart. "This program will help us meet our goal of making music more accessible to everyone. For less than the cost of a dinner at a restaurant, donors will provide a memorable educational experience for students in Buffalo and in New York City. It's quite an impact for the money."
To donate to this program, visit http://www.bpo.org/carnegiehall.