Deb Gordon’s guest was Camille Zamora, Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, a not for profit that utilizes volunteer artists from multiple genres to uplift, teach and transform the under-resourced in schools, community centers and healthcare facilities. Ms. Zamora started Sing for Hope shortly after the tragedy surrounding September 11, with best friend and fellow soprano Monica Yunus, when they were both Julliard students. The life-changing event inspired them to use their talents to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the community, and Sing for Hope was born.
Sing for Hope’s Art U! partners with schools and provides a variety of artistic disciplines including dance, drama and creative writing to New York’s most vulnerable children, and also consists of a Youth Chorus. Ms. Zamora expressed the importance of offering this type of art, music and cultural outreach to young people to help them develop their potential through artistic expression, which contributes to their overall success. Sing for Hope offers these programs to the community free of charge.
Many New Yorkers are familiar with The Sing for Hope Pianos, which is an innovative public art project that brings 88 uniquely designed pianos to various parks and public spaces throughout the 5 boroughs in the summer. The pianos are not only visually appealing, but all passersby – novice or accomplished –are encouraged to play them. Sing for Hope’s piano art and music project has grown in popularity and is a much anticipated happening for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Each year, after the exhibition ends, the pianos are donated to schools, healthcare facilities, and community centers.
Spotlighted Sing for Hope’s ART FOR ALL gala, which embodies the organization’s philosophy of making art and music attainable to all New Yorkers. The event is the organization’s signature event and will honor Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, Inc., who is a long time friend, supporter, and sponsor of Sing for Hope’s art and music outreach. The evening will include live performances by The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, and also many professional artists who make up Sing for Hope volunteers, including Broadway performers, dancers, and singers. The event, chaired by the Metropolitan Opera’s Ann Ziff, will be “different from the rubber chicken galas” stated Ms. Zamora, and also feature art installations and “lots of other surprises”. All funds raised will benefit communities in need and foster the Sing for Hope mission to provide art for all.
For more information about Sing for Hope visit www.singforhope.org.
Listen below to hear Sing for Hope Co-Founder, soprano Camille Zamora, perform “Jaeneras” a traditional Spanish song arranged by Graciano Tarragó. Ms. Zamora is accompanied by guitarist Cem Duruöz.
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