Allynwood Academy’s music director, Paul Geer, will lead the Golden Hat Foundation choir on November 16 at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. The celebrity fundraising event supports actress Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation, which celebrates the intellectual capabilities of people with autism. The concert will also feature performances by the 2013 America’s Got Talent finalist group “Forte,” internationally acclaimed vocalist Nathan Pacheco, and internet sensation Nick Pitera. The Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra will accompany the concert’s mass choir.
The concert’s producer, Tim Janis, a celebrated American composer, selected Paul Geer to lead the mass choir in early September. Paul and Tim’s professional ties include PBS specials and Carnegie Hall events, including the world premiere of “The Christmas Rose,” which made its debut at Allynwood in 2011. Tim continues to involve Paul with these high profile concerts because of his outstanding musicianship, choral methods, and innate ability to bring vocalists together in a short period of time. “It is such an honor and joy to work with Paul,” said Elizabeth Demmer, management director for the Tim Janis Ensemble.
Allynwood Academy’s choir will join high school choirs from across the country for the event. Participating choirs will be recognized by the Golden Hat Foundation for lending their talent and support to the cause.
Tim Janis has sold millions of albums, performed in five nationally televised specials, and has released 10 Billboard-charting CDs. Janis has worked with some of the top artists in the music and entertainment industries — including Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, George Clooney, and James Earl Jones. Tim’s music is often mission oriented and serves as a vehicle to support an array of charitable causes.
The Golden Hat Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with autism worldwide and creating an environment that maximizes their potential. Its goal is to establish innovative campuses that offer a supportive network for people with autism to gain educational and career training. The foundation recognizes that in a caring and individualized setting, people with autism can truly realize their dreams.
The “Music of Hope” benefit concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Use the promo code GOL18260 to receive 30% off ticket prices (offer valid 10/18 – 10/21 only). 100% of all ticket sales will go to the Golden Hat Foundation.