On Tuesday, February 14, ARAD’s student-run organization, Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA) hosted a Valentine’s Day Fundraiser in support of the International Brazilian Opera Company. Scroll down to see comments from attendees, performers, and organizers.
“The event showcased students from the Arts Administration program who performed on the “piano corner” of the hall. Among them, Arnell Nur Karina, Hannah Cleveland, Hayley Rothman, Helena Wang, Hugo Vaz, Sheng Gao, and Vivian Stolt delivered a beautiful set of musical pieces from classic to folk, to tango. The goal was to raise funds for the International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC), a Harlem-based non-profit arts organization that produces contemporary works of opera and supports immigrants who wish to establish themselves as musicians in the United States. To date, IBOC has helped 64 immigrants obtain their legal status as distinguished artists in the USA, and the company has developed 7 full operas. As the closing act, a few artists from IBOC presented four musical pieces, featuring Brazilian-American singer Alex Scott, Brazilian guitarist Gabriel Gorski and the Chinese tenor Yunxuan Zhu. The SAA is the student association of the Arts Administration program and is run by volunteer ARAD students of both the ’23 and ’24 cohorts.” – Hugo Vaz (ARAD ’24)
“Overall, I thought that the event went very well. There were a variety of performers, and lots of TC students who were eating in the dining hall at the time of the performance, so they got to enjoy the live music without having to stray from their usual routine. We had microphones to help carry the sound throughout the dining hall, and decorations to make the space feel a bit more festive and special for the event, especially given that it was held on Valentine’s Day. It was fun to have students performing, especially from the ARAD program, since I hadn’t heard many of my classmates perform before. We also had musicians from the International Brazilian Opera Company come and perform, which made the event really special. Having the fundraising component as a part of the event made it feel very intentional and added a sense of purpose beyond providing live music. It was a very fun event to put together, and I hope that Student Advocates for the Arts can continue to hold performances as a way to advocate for the arts!” – Hannah Cleveland (ARAD ’23)
“The SAA’s Valentine’s Day Fundraiser was a success, and allowed the many skillful artists of the ARAD program to use and exhibit their talents for the benefit of the International Brasil Opera in New York. The program included song, piano and violin performances, with love songs such Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love and Por Una Cabeza, famous from the Al Pacino movie “Scent of a Woman”. The program ended with performances by the artists of the International Brazilian Opera Company. Overall the experience was lovely, and allowed ARADers to build a community together through music!” – Vivian Stolt (ARAD ’24)
“As a member of the Student Advocates for the Arts, I assisted in the planning and execution of the SAA Valentine’s Day Concert, a fundraiser supporting the local arts organization the International Brazilian Opera Company. Every individual in the Arts Administration Program is so creative and talented, so I thought this was the perfect event for SAA. It was absolutely heartwarming and inspiring to see my peers perform together as well as the guest musicians from the International Brazilian Opera Company. I hope we can do another event like this again soon!” – Joanna Calhoun (ARAD ’23)