Postponed: Musicians support students with concert
UPDATE: This event has been postponed until early next year.
Established musicians will help budding musicians through a fundraising concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Wilton Playshop on Lovers Lane.
Wood and Steel is a concert to benefit KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support), a music program that provides instrument lessons for underserved school children in Bridgeport.
“Our organization is committed to teaching music to Bridgeport students whose families have no way of affording private music lessons,” said Rob Silvan, founder and executive director of KEYS. “The proceeds from this event will enable us to continue to open the doors of possibility to more and more kids through music.”
Helping to open those doors will be members of local music projects such as Acoustic Wilton, Open Road and Wilton Rocks, who will perform originals and covers spanning a variety of musical styles. They will be joined onstage by several of the Bridgeport students who benefit from the KEYS project.
KEYS offers a comprehensive music program of one-to-one instrument lessons, after-school practice sessions, group music instruction and workshops, a non-audition KEYS Orchestra, KEYS Concert Band, and KEYS Chorus at Bridgeport’s Klein Auditorium, summer programs, and active collaborations with other nonprofit organizations.
KEYS recently received funding for guitar instruction from the Jacqueline Ruth Weber Gift of Music fund, established by Wilton resident Scott Weber in memory of his mother, and through the generosity of Blue Bus Music in Ridgefield. Proceeds from the Wood and Steel concert will support continued expansion of the guitar instruction program.
“We are very grateful for the generosity and commitment of the Jacqueline Ruth Weber Gift of Music fund,” said Silvan. “We are serving 650 students a year in 21 Bridgeport schools. It costs $600 a year to teach a student how to play an instrument. We so appreciate the financial support from the Gift of Music fund which will help increase the number of guitar students we can serve.”
For its part, the Playshop is “really excited to have so many great musicians come together to help raise money and awareness for the KEYS organization,” said Donna Savage, vice president of fundraising. “The Playshop is such a magical place for concerts and this should be a great evening.”
For more information or to support the KEYS organization, visit keysmusic.org.
Blue Bus Music information is at bluebusmusic.com.
To hear selections from Open Road visit musicbyopenroad.net.
Wilton Playshop information is at wiltonplayshop.org.