Posted by Broadway World
Seventeen-year old rising jazz star and music student Matthew Whitaker joined other students who are also blind or visually impaired from Lighthouse Guild’s Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School to perform in a concert at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, May 18, at 7pm in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.
Since 1997 Lighthouse Guild’s music school and The Metropolitan Museum of Art have been collaborating to provide individuals who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to experience visual art through music. This year’s concert featured musical selections inspired by paintings, sculpture and photographs. Actress Michelle Hurst, formerly of the show “Orange is the New Black” and starring in the Off-Broadway production of “Babette’s Feast,” provided narration for the program, including verbal descriptions of the works of art.
The selected musical repertoire showcased a wide variety of genres and styles, representing the best of the students with performances featuring music school soloists, vocal ensemble, pop/rock group, youth ensembles and movement by choreographer/dancer Mana Hashimoto.
The concert was entitled “The Rhythm of Life” and was free with Museum admission.