May 23: ‘Rhapsody at Blues’ Benefit at Seattle’s Triple Door

Join us in Seattle for an evening of music and inspiration featuring Centrum faculty artists Matt Munisteri (Red Hot Strings), Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons (Port Townsend Acoustic Blues), Rhapsody Project youth, and Ricardo and Friends.

The Triple Door Seattle Secret Music Showcase Presents

A Centrum event to benefit diversity scholarships

Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:00 P.M. – seating and dinner service; 7:30 P.M. – showtime
The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle
Tickets $25

Diversity Scholars: Centrum is honored to partner with The Rhapsody Project in Seattle to bring 10 young students of color to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop in July 2019 to deepen their awareness and experience with early American blues roots tradition. Through the in-residence, multi-generational experience Centrum workshops provide, students are empowered to create their own music, write their own songs, and bring the experience of sharing across cultures back to their communities. Many of these under-served youth are descendants of the communities of origin of this music, and it is a delight to offer them an opportunity to experience their heritage through the lends of the tradition bearers who make of the faculty and fellow workshop participants.

The Need: With your support, this Rhapsody at Blues benefit event will help raise funds to support tuition, room, and board at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop for 10 promising young musicians and their chaperones. A generous donor has committed $10,000 to support the 2019 Diversity Scholarships initiative. Together, Centrum and the Rhapsody Project are tasked with raising a matching $10,000 to fully fund the 2019 scholars program.

Support! If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a gift to support our Rhapsody Scholars, you can make a secure gift online, choosing the Blues Rhapsody Project Fund, or by calling us at 360.385.3102 x103.

About the Rhapsody Project: The Rhapsody Project strengthens communities through celebrations of America’s musical heritage that acknowledge the stories that shape it.  Instructors explore these cultures through music workshops, residencies and performances. They facilitate cross-generational, cross-cultural interactions through the medium of music, with a desire to help regular folks–especially youth–to understand that America’s folk and blues music is not a relic, but a thriving blend of traditions that help us learn who we are. Housed in the Collaboratory in South Seattle, the Rhapsody Project is a program of Community Arts Create providing concerts, classes and workshops for students of all ages.

Instructors invite students to become Rhapsody Songsters, participants in a program that equips people aged 5 – 18 for a life serving their region as our future culture bearers, whose music is committed to empathy and equity.

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