There are no better words to describe the volunteers and residents of Bering Omega Community AIDS Services, whom we honor each year with our song. The loss of my friend Frank connected me to this community, and this community connected me to something essential in this art of ours.
Prescription Mozart is my shorthand for the leveraging of art's transformative power in the service of healing. It is a vision in which artistic expression -- collaborative, open-sourced and radically welcoming -- is once again positioned as central to human wholeness and societal harmony.
Few things have the power to surprise and delight the inhabitants of the city that never sleeps. Let's face it, New Yorkers are just not easily impressed. But at Sing for Hope, we know that putting 88 pianos around town makes New Yorkers look up and take notice. And of course, make music!
As the Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, I am thrilled and excited that we are bringing The Sing for Hope Pianos back to New York this summer! From June 1st through June 16th, 88 pianos will be outdoors for all to play and enjoy.
Each year, Sing for Hope enlists the help of visual artists. Together they paint, sculpt, découpage and gesso a gift for our city: 88 unique piano artworks (representing the 88 keys on a keyboard) that are placed throughout the public spaces of the 5 boroughs, for anyone and everyone to play.
Every year, the Nobel Peace Laureates gather at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and, this year, they asked me to perform and speak about Sing for Hope before the Summit's inaugural youth delegation.