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Written by Melinda Steffy   
Published on Monday, 12 October 2015 10:30


What a party.

THANK YOU to everyone who was part our Big Hurrah celebration on Tuesday night. As one of our board members said, it wasn't just an event, it was a "jam-packed emotional journey."

Besides raising funds to support LiveConnections' programs, we also made so many new friends. It was a treat to have the whole "family" together for the evening -- artists, students, teachers, partners from other arts organizations and numerous supporters.

Among the highlights:

  • Students from Christopher Columbus Charter School showed off their bucket-drum rhythms, and Mikailah Williams from Freire Charter School performed a poem she wrote called "My Voice," with musical assistance from her classmates and our artists.
  • Bridge Session teaching artist Lela Aisha Jones demonstrated her popular "hip-hop/Africa" activity and led the audience in learning basic polyrhythm movements.
  • LiveConnections Presents artists Kristin Lee and Jakub Ciupinski returned with their jaw-dropping violin-theremin duo.
  • Liz Dow of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia received our first Connector Award, a much-deserved accolade for such a noted people-connector.
  • Teaching artist Jacob Winterstein created an on-the-fly spoken word poem using audience responses to the prompts "Music makes me..." and "I love music because..."
  • 50 audience members jumped into our pop-up auction and pledged $50 each toward our educational programs -- that's another 200 kids who will be attending Bridge Sessions for free this year.

Enjoy the preview photos below, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more photos over the next couple of weeks.

And thank you, thank you. We couldn't do this work without all of you!

P.S. If you liked Jacob Winterstein's poetry at the Big Hurrah, I hope you'll come back November 1 for our first LiveConnections Presents concert of the season (a brunch show!). Jacob will be collaborating with PROJECT Trio, a high-energy ensemble known for their beatboxing flutist and creative original music. Get tickets and details at



Big Hurrah 2015

Big Hurrah 2015

Big Hurrah 2015

Big Hurrah 2015

Big Hurrah 2015

Big Hurrah 2015

Big Hurrah 2015

Students from Christopher Columbus Charter School

Xavier Foley, double bass

Mikailah Williams and students from Freire Charter School with Josh Robinson, percussion, & Kristin Lee, violin

Kristin Lee, violin, & Jakub Ciupinski, theremin

The grand finale!

Sponsors Kal & Lucille Rudman with WXPN's Helen Leicht (a LiveConnections board member)

Founding Director David Bradley, Jeff Davis of Vinylux, Liz Dow of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, & Executive Director Melinda Steffy.

[Images: Jaci Downs Photography]


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