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Persons Of The Week Organizing Benefit Concert For The Detroit School Of Music

January 11 2013 | no comments

This week, we’re honoring two young women as Detroit 2020′s Persons of the Week. They’re committed to making Detroit a better place. And we hope they’ll inspire you.

The sound of music echos through the halls of this old school building along the Lodge Service Drive.

This room is home to the Detroit School of Music.

Christina Bartson and Florence Rivkin and their senior class at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor learned about the music school, and wanted to help.

“I think every young person needs that creative outlet,” Bartson told Detroit 2020.

We can maybe help raise the next generation of musicians,” Rivkin added.

Christina and Florence became interested in the revitalization of Detroit when they were part of an alternative Spring Break in the city last year. They spent some of that time volunteering and tutoring. They worked with the Motor City Blight Busters, The Green of Detroit, and other organizations. “I figured why would I do service halfway around the world when I can give to Detroit and give my time and my energy,” Bartson said.

They’re putting that energy behind a benefit concert set for Saturday night in Ann Arbor to raise money for this music school. Their goal is to raise $1,500 to buy eight portable pianos for the school. “I        think it’s important to have these 8 pianos to help these children learn,” Rivkin said.

Carole Hoste, the owner and founder of the Detroit School of Music, has taught in city schools for the past six years. She thinks what Christina and Florence are doing is fantastic. “If they’re doing this now, I can’t wait to see what they’ll do in the future,” Hoste said.

Benefit concert details:

Date: Saturday, January 12th

Time:  7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Elmo’s Hideaway, 220 South Main Street, Ann Arbor

Tickets: $7

All proceeds go to the Detroit School of Music

Click here for more information on the event and to make a donation.

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