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MUSIC for a CHANGE Kicks Off New Season With Grant
The concert series will launch its 2005-06 season on Friday, Oct. 7, with a performance by Feathermerchants at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium. This eclectic folk/rock band was founded by Peter Veru ‘85, a University of Hartford alumnus and regent who left a successful career on Wall Street to pursue his passion for music.
Other highlights of this season’s concert series will include performances by legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Trio (Oct. 25) and pianist George Winston (Dec. 16).
See the full schedule of upcoming concerts on the MUSIC for a CHANGE website. You can also purchase tickets through the website, or by calling the university box office at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.
Started in the spring of 2000, the MUSIC for a CHANGE series has raised almost $40,000 for Greater Hartford nonprofit organizations, while treating music fans to wonderful shows by top names in folk, jazz, pop, and roots music.
“I love using music to help our community, and the Lincoln Financial Group Foundation’s generous gift will allow the MUSIC for a CHANGE concert series to continue its mission — helping provide financial support to Hartford area nonprofits and giving people an opportunity to see some wonderful musicians,” said series director Irwin Nussbaum. He noted that the grant will help defray expenses for the shows, ensuring that more of the funds raised by the concerts will get to the nonprofit organizations.
Lisa Curran, program officer for the Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, said that the MUSIC for a CHANGE grant touches on the foundation’s three priority areas — arts, education and human services. “We are delighted in partnering with the University of Hartford to support local human services agencies by showcasing the arts,” Curran said.
The Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Lincoln sets aside two percent of its pre-tax earnings, averaged over a three-year period, for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees live and work. Foundation grants are made in the areas of education, arts/culture and human services. Since establishing its presence in Hartford in 1998, Lincoln has donated more than $10 million to area nonprofit organizations.