Peekskill High School student Justin Hahn performed alongside violinist Daisy Jopling at her Awakening Concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall this past Sunday.

Hahn, who plays the trombone, was joined by Global Music Academy Orchestra (conducted and orchestrated by Dean Fransen) and a group of other talented young musicians from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Long Island, Westchester and Putnam. Each successfully auditioned for the chance to play at Jopling’s Lincoln Center show.

“Justin continues to take Peekskill to new heights,” said Peekskill High School Principal Rodney Arthur in an email to staff. “Let’s be proud of his accomplishments.”

The show also featured performances by Broadway vocal sensations Justin Sargent, Joni Blondell (Joni Lanza), Nina Blue, the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir and the Hendrick Hudson High School Treble Makers.

The Awakening program included the performance of compositions that embody traditional orchestral music aesthetics as well as a wide array of contemporary musical styles from playful gypsy sounds and introspective jazz moods to celebratory gospel grooves and well-established rock songs. The young musicians participated in a number of rehearsals where they were mentored by the professional musicians. The mentors provided insights into the professional music world and the chance for the students to enhance various aspects of their playing, expand their performance abilities in new musical styles while offering life-changing friendships with the power to influence careers. The Awakening show was supported by The Daisy Jopling Foundation.

Awakening is composed by Jopling, Michael Feigenbaum and Brian Delma Taylor, and has been hailed as “brilliantly entertaining” by broadwayworld.com and “a glorious swirl of colors full of passion and life” by skopemag.com. Worleygig.com called it “uplifting and inspirational” and a “musical odyssey (that) takes the listener on a conceptual, boundary-busting journey.” Through her powerful violin and genuinely sparkling personality, Jopling presents each piece as a touchstone along the path of personal discovery and universal transformation to which people of all ages and cultures can relate.

Since living in New York, Jopling, a local favorite, has become passionate about music education, and her Daisy Jopling Foundation has contributed music lessons for children in need. In June 2013 she premiered Tristan Schulze’s “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Orchestra” with the Westchester Putnam Youth Orchestra.

She has performed and toured with some of the world’s leading musicians, including Rob Evan, Joe Zawinul, Bobby McFerrin, Omara Portuondo, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Boris Grebenshikov, Shubha Mudgal and Wolfgang Muthspiel. Daisy has performed in many of the major Festivals and concert halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Salzburger Festspiele, and the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland.

Jopling performed at the United Nations Assembly Hall alongside Akon, Gilberto Gil, Ky-Mani Marley, Salif Keita, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg and Carl Lewis. Her upcoming tours in the 2017/18 season include Norway, Austria, Slovenia, England, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United States.

About The Daisy Jopling Foundation
The non-profit Daisy Jopling Foundation creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower youth to become more confident, creative and empathetic human beings. This is accomplished through mentorship by world class musicians for youth to study and perform with them on major stages, removing barriers such as cost for youth to attend world class concerts and supporting low cost and tuition free high quality music programs for children by donating funds and free tuition.

For more information, visit daisyjoplingfoundation.org.

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