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Written by Melinda Steffy   
Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00


"Who of these students will walk (or skip, or dance) out of a Bridge Session with a new awareness in herself of a skill, a passion previously dormant? Who will wake up to themselves? Whose spark will light?"
-Yumi Kendall, cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra


Among all of the thoughtful things people have said about LiveConnections' programs, Yumi's quote about lighting sparks remains one of my favorites.

I think about it every time I see this at a Bridge Session:

Bridge Sessions

Or this at a LiveConnections Presents concert:

PROJECT Trio and Jacob Winterstein


Sometimes the sparks grow into good-sized blazes of inspiration and passion.

We recently learned that our "A Day in My Life" album, created with Henry H. Houston School last year, is on the first round Grammy ballot for best children's album. We're so proud of this project, which grew out of sparks ignited at Bridge Sessions. School teachers and LiveConnections' teaching artists shared a vision for how LiveConnections' creative approach to music-making could support the writing curriculum at his school. Now, 16 songs and a music video later, we're seeing how the students' compelling voices are inspiring others. Take a listen here.

A Day in My Life album cover

At our Big Hurrah gala on October 6, we celebrated XPN host Helen Leicht with our Connector Award, in honor of her tireless work over 40 years to ignite passion about local musicians. Special guests Amos Lee, Ben Arnold, Jim Boggia, Lauren Hart and Lizanne Knott made surprise appearances to honor Helen. It was a vibrant, celebratory evening, with LiveConnections artists and students sharing their inspiring work with a full house of supporters.


If you're looking for your own inspiration, I highly recommend getting tickets to our December 1 concert featuring SYBARITE5 and theremin composer Jakub Ciupinski. From Radiohead covers to compositions by Kenji Bunch and Dan Visconti to the world premiere of Jakub's new suite for theremin and string quintet, there will be terrifically unusual and awe-inspiring music.

Sybarite5 and Jakub Ciupinski

Off to light more sparks,


Melinda Steffy, Executive Director


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