David Foster and Friends to Perform Benefit Concert for Hamilton High School's Academy of Music School Celebrates 25 Years of Academic and Performing Arts Excellence
In celebration of its 25 year history of excellence in academic and performance arts instruction, the Academy of Music at Hamilton High School will host a benefit concert featuring legendary songwriter and producer David Foster entitled David Foster and Friends. The event will take place at the Norm Pattiz Concert Hall at Hamilton High School on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and is open to the public. A reception will take place at 6:30pm and the performance begins at 8:00pm.
“The Academy of Music is a nationally recognized and award-winning school so it is fitting that a world renowned, award-winning producer comes together with us to celebrate 25 amazing years,” says Marlene Zuccaro, Director of the Academy of Music. “We are so honored to host an evening of incredible performances with David Foster and his friends. Because arts funding has been slashed dramatically, we rely on benefits and fund-raisers to continue to provide quality instruction to our students. We are the only high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District where students not only receive an enriched academic education, but also receive the best possible instruction in performing arts.”
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz and trumpeter Chris Botti; Grammy award-winning pianist, composer and conductor Randy Waldman; Fourplay’s bass player Nathan East; guitarist Michael Thompson, John “JR” Robinson, touted to be the most recorded drummer in history; multi-talented bass, synthesizer and horn player Mo Pleasure, as well other surprise guests will join Foster onstage during the evening’s performance along with John Daversa and Charlie Bisharat. Foster will be backed by the David Foster All Star Line Up, comprised of students in the Academy’s Jazz Ensemble A.
David Foster has made innumerable contributions to the music industry. He is noted for discovering singers such as Michael Buble, Josh Groban and Charice Pempengco. He has produced some of the most successful artists in the world, most notably Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Andrea Bochelli, Toni Braxton, Madonna and Michael Jackson, among others. What sets him apart is his ability to produce for such a wide range of talent and his music and lyrics transcend genre and style.
Westwood One’s Chairman Emeritus, Norm Pattiz, was instrumental in bringing the concert to the Academy of Music. As an alum of the school, Pattiz has a vested interest in ensuring the future of music and arts instruction there. “The Academy of Music continues to graduate future artists and studio musicians, sound and technical majors as well as leading film, television and theatre talent as well as production executives. Public support of this benefit concert is one of the critical ways to ensure its continued success. And, it is going to be a wonderful evening!”
Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media and founder of the Academy of Music, will be honored during the evening.
Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Hamilton Academy of Music website (http://www.hamiltonmusic.org) or at the Norm Pattiz Concert Hall box office at 2955 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035. Tickets to the event are $100, $125 or $250 and $500 (the latter two include the reception). For more information, contact the Academy of Music office at 310.280.1451 or Ginger Campbell at ginger(at)snap-productions(dot)com.
About Hamilton Music Academy
The Academy of Music is a magnet program of the Los Angeles Unified School District created to promote integration and diversity through the immersion, practice and delivery of academic and artistic expression.
We are committed to working collaboratively with faculty staff, parents and students to achieve the highest levels of academic and artistic accomplishments.