501(c)(3) Announcement / by Andy Clausen

Dear Besterlies,

We are thrilled to announce the IRS has approved us as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization! As a nonprofit, we join the ranks of symphony orchestras, music festivals, opera companies, and chamber ensembles that strive to further the public good through artistic endeavors.  Our 501(c)(3) status allows us to continue to program adventurous music and engage in vital community outreach. It also allows us to accept tax-deductible donations from you, our generous supporters. We thank everyone who has contributed—your prior donations qualify as tax deductible! Our spiffy new Tax ID Number is 47-5332229.

Here’s what we’ve been up to and what we have to look forward to:

Brass Bands and Beignets in the Birthplace of Jazz

In February, we took a trip to Louisiana for the first week of Sound Places, an exciting new project to revitalize the historic Rivertown district through performances, interactive educational programming, and community engagement. We’re working with the Project for Public Spaces, Chamber Music America, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the City of Kenner in a project supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Ours was a memorable visit, full of decadent food, lively music, and new friends. We will be returning to Louisiana throughout 2017.

Willem and Riley battle over a piece of king cake in Kenner, LA. 

Willem and Riley battle over a piece of king cake in Kenner, LA. 

From the Rehearsal Studio...

Back in New York, we’ve been creating next season’s Murmur, Roar, an exploration of vocal music from around the world. The program features new arrangements and transcriptions of classical art songs, American roots music, Renaissance madrigals, Bulgarian choral music, and more. We debuted some of the music at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC earlier this month and will continue to refine it at our annual residency on Lopez Island this summer.

...to the Concert Hall

We take the stage on March 23 at Brooklyn’s BRIC House Sessions. We will be opening for Montreal-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Watson, winner of the Polaris Prize for his debut record Close to Paradise. We will be performing both new music and current favorites. Hope to see you there!