Brianna Thomas: GHMS Benefit
Thursday, April 12, 8:00 p.m.
Greenwich House Music School - 46 Barrow Street
Tickets starting at $27

Brianna Thomas is a benefit concert to support Greenwich House Music School. 

As a community music school, GHMS serves the musical needs of students of all ages in addition to hosting a wide spectrum of concerts, readings, education workshops and meetings for local civic and cultural organizations, as well as affordable rehearsal and performance space for local musicians. The School offers more than $50,000 in arts education scholarships annually adhering to its commitment of fostering artists and performances at all levels.

Brianna Thomas has been called the "best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation" (Wall Street Journal).

About Greenwich House Music School 
The goal of GHMS is to teach students the beauty and transformative power of music, art and dance and to make them lifelong lovers of the arts. Greenwich House Music School's roots in New York City extend to the beginning of the 20th century, a time when the neighborhood and the needs of its populace were growing at an exponential pace. Today, the school continues to serve the musical needs of students of all ages with private lessons, group classes, ensembles and regular student and faculty recitals. In addition to educating its students, GHMS serves the community with a wide spectrum of concerts and readings in its Renee Weiler Concert Hall, hosts education workshops and meetings for local civic and cultural organizations, and provides affordable rehearsal and performance space for local musicians.

About Brianna Thomas
In the 1930s, Thomas Dorsey, "the father of black Gospel music," met the Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson, and began a 14-year musical and touring partnership. Jackson performed Dorsey's most revered songs, including "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" (a  favorite of Martin Luther King, Jr.) and "Peace in the Valley," songs that she would  keep in her repertoire for her entire career. Meanwhile, Dorsey was composing a songbook that would become a bedrock of modern Gospel music. The brilliant young vocalist Brianna Thomas follows in the footsteps of these musical masters, leading her ensemble in a passionate tribute to this emotional and uplifting repertoire. 

Brianna Thomas' talents have propelled her to many successes including performances at the Montreux, North Sea and Umbria Jazz Festivals and in venues ranging from the Bahamas to Geneva, Switzerland. Thomas' was a resident in both the 2001 and 2002 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Programs, an international artist-in-residence program that assembles a select group of jazz musicians to perform their original compositions at the Kennedy Center. At "Jazz Ahead" she worked with a host of premier jazz educators and performers including renowned vocalist Carmen Lundy, Winard Harper and Nathan Davis.  

Thomas' extensive list of stateside performances includes appearances with Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Houston Person and the Barber Brothers. She has performed across the country from New Orleans to Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. In 2001, Thomas was awarded "High School Jazz Vocalist of the Year" by DownBeat. Notably, Thomas is the youngest person ever to be inducted into Peoria's African-American Hall of Fame at the age of thirteen in 1996. She has also received a certificate of excellence from the state of Illinois in recognition of her musical accomplishments.

About Uncharted
Uncharted is a concert series featuring New York-based artists premiering new projects or meeting with new collaborators for the first time on stage that has consistently drawn the attention of tastemakers and curators from across the city over the past three years. The Uncharted season delivers eclectic excellence in a broad selection of musical genres representing New York City’s diverse artistic community, including Mexican folkloric, ragtime, classical, electronic, jazz, ancient Moroccan devotional and contemporary R&B. All shows include complimentary beer and wine before and during performances. 

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About Greenwich House

Greenwich House is a registered 501 c(3) organization and a member of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York. If you are interested in learning more about the network of settlement houses and the work they do, click here

Greenwich House is proud to be a Better Business Bureau accredited charity.

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