Auction Ends: Mar 31, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

Support Bloomingdale School of Music at the 2019 Online Auction

Starting on March 1, 2019, Bloomingdale School of Music will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our music programs - and the more items we have the more money we can raise, so we're asking for your help.

Show your support by clicking on the "Donate Items" button to contribute to our catalog.

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Whether you have 1 item or 100 to contribute, your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts. By donating an item or service directly online, you'll be helping to raise money for our organization, and you'll receive a mention on our site that can link back to your own web page.

This year's benefit honors Burton Kassell, the longest serving member of Bloomingdale School of Music's board of directors. To Kassell, a music education is part of being a well rounded person, as essential as reading or looking at art. Please consider supporting Bloomingdale School of Music during our biggest annual celebration yet!

Live Event Details

Mon Apr 1, 2019
Broadway Presbyterian Church 612 W. 114th St. & Bway, New York City Add to My Calendar
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Monday, April 1, 2019 is our annual Notes from 108th Street Fundraiser, this year celebrating Burton Kassell, long-time Board Member. We will honor Burton’s long commitment to Bloomingdale and our students with performances by faculty, students, and guest stars. The event will once again take place at beautiful Broadway Presbyterian Church. It is not to be missed!

Acknowledged as the longest serving member of Bloomingdale School of Music's board of directors, Burton Kassell first moved to the Upper West Side in 1962. Born in Brooklyn, and a graduate of Baruch School of Business class of 1958, he began a career in sales and later ventured in to real estate. He is the chief executive officer of the Palidrome Corporation which he founded in 1974 as a multifamily residential owner, developer and manager. Kassell fondly remembers the neighborhood in the 1960's saying, "In warm weather you would hear a lot of music because windows would be open and people would be singing or playing the piano..."

It was a lucky happenstance that one day in the 1960s he noticed a double line of very young children holding hands walking from their public school (where they had no music program) to Bloomingdale School of Music. It was this sight that so moved him to discover David Greer and the work of Bloomingdale resulting in a contribution of $1,000. His support of BSM then and now is fueled by his love for children, his belief in the transformational power of music education, and the desire to ensure access to high quality music education for all who seek it.

While designated "a listener" rather than a "singer" by his first grade teacher, he is known to play a mean set of spoons. He is an avid listener, having discovered in his teens a love for torch singers from all cultures starting with Billie Holiday, followed by Umm Kulthum, Amalia Rodrigues, and his favorite of all time the Mexican vocalist Chavela Vargas. His move uptown invigorated his interest in jazz, which had begun at the original 5 Spot on the Bowery, listening to and chatting with the great Thelonious Monk.

To Kassell, a music education is part of being a well rounded person, as essential as reading or looking at art. His belief in the importance and value of BSM extends to his own family, with four of his five children and two grandchildren having attended the school.

His support for the arts includes time spent backing Broadway plays, collecting art, supporting contemporary artists, and serving on the Board of Directors of Art Space, nonprofit with a mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists and arts organizations.

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