|[October 25, 2013]
Participant Media CEO Jim Berk to Host Hamilton High's Academy of Music 25th Anniversary Reunion Benefit Concert
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
Twenty-five years of Hamilton High School's Academy of Music alumni will
reunite this Saturday, October 26, for an evening of jazz, opera,
classical and Broadway show music to benefit the school, with more than
200 former students performing. Participant Media CEO Jim Berk, the
founding director of the fine arts magnet and chairman of the event, has
reassembled the original music teachers to lead six different
performance ensembles comprised of alumni from the school.
Berk said, "We're looking forward to a great evening of music. Back in
1987 I brought together a great team of educators who all shared the
same creative vision for making he Academy one of the preeminent music
schools in the nation, and I'm happy to say that it was a great success.
So it will be thrilling to see everyone again, while raising funds to
maintain The Academy's outstanding record."
Joining Berk on the benefit committee are longtime assistant principal
Jeff Kaufman and former vocal teacher Rich Schraier. David Sears,
Director of Grammy in the Schools, and Sid Lasaine, now retired, will be
in attendance, along with many alumni who have gone on to successful
careers in the arts or business.
Among the graduates of The Academy are Emile Hirsch, Lizzy Caplan,
Jeremiah James, Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drummer for Paul McCartney), Mike
Elizondo, composer, producer for Dr. Dre and Fiona Apple (News - Alert) (also an
alumna) and Reeve Carney, who recently played Spider-Man on Broadway.
For additional information on the academy and to purchase tickets,
please visit: http://www.hamiltonmusic.org/.
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