The first Primavera Presents musical event will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 3 p.m. with a concert by the Dali Quartet, the highly acclaimed string musicians who are known for bringing Latin American quartet repertoire to the classical and romantic canon.
The Primavera Fund, a Philadelphia music education organization that provides mentorship and financial support to underserved young classical musicians, presents this event at the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street. Tickets are $100 for the concert and reception and can be purchased at https://pfpresentsdali.eventbrite.com.
The award-winning Dalí Quartet brings programming of classical roots and Latin soul to enthusiastic audiences across the United States, Canada and South America. Trained by world-renowned artists, the members of the Dalí Quartet come from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States, and hold degrees from renowned institutions, including the New England Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Juilliard, the Indiana University Bloomington and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory. in Caracas, Venezuela. The band is proud to be the 2021 recipient of Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Residency, funded by the Sewell Family Foundation, and the 2021 Silver Medal at the inaugural Piazzolla Music Competition. The quartet is also the 2019 recipient of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s prestigious Aspire Award for Accomplished African-American and Latino Musicians.
Ari Isaacman-Beck, violinist of the Dali Quartet, speaks on behalf of the group about his respect for the Primavera Fund. He said, “It’s an honor to play Primavera Presents’ first concert. We have such respect for their commitment to young people in the underserved community. I wanted to find other ways to create greater equity. in arts education, and the Primavera Fund does just that. The opportunities they provide for these young musicians will change their lives forever. We are all honored to support them and play at this concert.”
The Primavera Fund was founded in 2014 by Rachel Segal and Kenny Bean who built the program on the principle that talent should never be lost due to financial circumstances. Their mission is to promote diversity in classical music by mentoring and financially supporting the musical ambitions of promising young Philadelphians.
Rachel Segal’s career as a violinist has focused on performance and pushing boundaries. In addition to leading a successful career as an orchestral musician both at home and abroad, as a chamber musician, Rachel has performed traditional and experimental classical music, and commissioned and performed new works. of living composers and promoted the work of composers from traditionally less visible communities. She arranges music and is an experienced interpreter of traditional Argentine tango music. Kenneth Bean focused on teaching and developing young people. He is director/conductor of several orchestras, including the YMDO (Young Musicians Debut Orchestra) of the PYO Music Institute, Symphony in C and assistant conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Both share the belief that what makes a great musician is the right combination of ability, guidance and resources.
Nominated by Rachel Segal for Maestro Joseph Primavera, who served as Music Director of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) for 51 years. She says, “I was at PYO for six years. The Maestro was the most important musical influence in my life and he always wanted to see more Philadelphia students at PYO. Understanding that many students didn’t not a lot of resources, he wanted to encourage more children to have opportunities in the world of classical music. We created the Primavera Fund to help achieve this goal. It was important to me in Philadelphia for many students in music throughout his 51 years. I am proud to continue his work under his name.”
Students who graduate from high school and are still enrolled in the Primavera Fund are 100% accepted into college and university programs. Recognized by many for their exceptional work, in 2021, in Philadelphia Magazine, they were voted “Best of Philly”. Eligibility for participation in the Primavera Fund is based on family income and students must have a strong desire to pursue music professionally. The Primavera Fund provides individualized and targeted support, education about the world of music and career paths, and access to the best educational opportunities to ensure they are prepared for college or conservatory level study. Once accepted, students have access to an instrument from the Norman Holland Hull Instrument Library for the duration of their studies and for as long as it is useful to them in college and beyond. For more information visit www.primaverafund.org