MSM Inaugural Benefit Concert MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD on Thursday Oct 13, 2016


Concert organized by MSM student Adam Goldstein supports suicide prevention and The Jed Foundation

“The idea came to me at the end of first semester last year, when I couldn’t get to sleep,” recalls MSM sophomore Adam Goldstein with a laugh, thinking about the path he’s taken over the past year to help launch and organize Manhattan School of Music’s first benefit concert MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD — that he and MSM hope will become an annual event.


Adam Goldstein and MSM student volunteers shopping for the concert reception

Ever since the voice major approached MSM faculty and staff about the idea, he’s had full support, starting from the Student Engagement Office to

MSM’s Provost and Senior Vice-President Marjorie Merryman through to MSM performers and faculty, who are donating their time and talents to the event.

  • The inaugural concert on October 13th in Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly Borden Auditorium) raises awareness for suicide prevention and supports The Jed Foundation (JED), which helps protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. All proceeds go to the foundation’s efforts. 

It’s an evening showcasing a range of MSM talent: Opera, choral, and orchestral music performed by Manhattan School of Music student ensembles with works by Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, and others. Guest speakers include JED’s CEO, John MacPhee (see full concert program below).

Adam — who founded a student organization dedicated to mental health awareness at MSM called “Strike a Chord” — has put together a small army of MSM student volunteers who joined the Music For A Better World organization. They are working on everything from putting up posters and advertising  to organizing the music and running the event.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do: use the thing that I love – music – to help people,” explains Adam Goldstein. “I want people to understand that music can be used to help people, that it can do more than just lift spirits but can be a concrete force for good.”

“Suicide is a bigger issue than most people understand,” adds Goldstein. “Mental illness is not easy to throw off. The stigma attached to it just makes things worse. This is something I want to help change. It starts with helping people realize there are resources and places they can turn to for help.”

“We’re thrilled that Adam had the initiative to come up with this idea, and we are hoping that the event will lead to more MSM Music for A Better World benefit concerts,” says the student organization’s advisor, Nolan Robertson, MSM’s Dean of Performance Operations.

“Adam and his team of volunteers — and MSM Staff and Faculty — have worked very hard at putting this together and getting the word out, so we’re hoping for a good turnout,” adds Monica Christensen, MSM’s Dean of Students.

If you can’t make it to the concert, you are able to contribute to the cause by donating here.


WHAT: MSM’s inaugural Music for a Better World benefit concert showcasing MSM student ensembles. This year’s event supports JED which exists to help protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Manhattan School of Music, Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly John C. Borden Auditorium)
120 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY 10027
Entrance on 122nd Street and Broadway
Tel: 212.749.2802

RSVP: Purchase tickets in advance online or in person, day-of at the door

PRICING: Suggested $25 General Admission
$75 VIP Prime Seating
Student Rate: Students can make a donation at any level that is comfortable.

All proceeds will go to JED

CHARLES GRIFFES Evening Song (1884–1920)  Brittany Nickell, soprano Danny Zelibor, piano

KURT WEILL Lonely House (1900–1950) Chris Lilley, tenor Danny Zelibor, piano

GEORGE GERSHWINSummertime (1898–1937) Alaysha Fox, soprano Danny Zelibor, piano

SHULAMIT RANMirage (b. 1949) Francesca Ferrara, flute(s) Ford Fourqurean, clarinet, Julia Suh, violin Thea Mesirow, cello,  Humay Gasimzade, piano

TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIAO quam Gloriosum (1548–1611); SAMUEL BARBERMary Hynes (1910–1981) MSM Lab Chorus , Jie Yi, Conductor

IGOR STRAVINSKYSymphony in Three Movements (1882–1971)I.Overture; AllegrMSM Chamber Sinfonia, George Manahan, Conductor


JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

Learn more at Check out our programs including: JED Campus (, ULifeline (, Half of Us (, Love is Louder ( and Set to Go (

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