Students With Greatest Need Receive Music Instruction At Two Week Camp

Top Quote The twin daughters of Nat King Cole, Casey and Timolin, invite the community to attend this FREE concert showcasing the talents of the students participating in the program along with special performances by their directors and mentors. End Quote
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL (1888PressRelease) June 17, 2016 - 80 string students from four Title 1 Palm Beach County elementary schools; Berkshire, Egret Lake, Plumosa and U. B. Kinsey/Palmview; will converge on the prestigious Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center to attend the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Summer Strings @ Lynn University for its fifth year. This life changing experience provides students an opportunity to receive the highest quality string instruction from Lynn Conservatory of Music graduate and undergraduate student mentors as well as School District of Palm Beach County Orchestra Directors and former Summer Strings alumni. Students receive individual, small group and large ensemble instruction that has been compared to a full year of instruction.

    Twin daughters of music legend Nat King Cole, Timolin and Casey Cole of Boca Raton, launched Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. to honor the legacy, music and life of their father Nat King Cole in 2008 after learning of budget cuts in public schools directly affecting the arts. Since that time, donations in excess of $1,200,000 have benefited thousands of children with "the greatest need and fewest resources" in Broward, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties.

    "Our family history is one of musical excellence and charitable giving," said Timolin. "Our father was a trailblazer in the music industry and will live forever through his style, grace and unforgettable music. Our mother Maria, also an entertainer, sang with Duke Ellington and was known for supporting multiple causes throughout her life. By giving students the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and abilities, the Cole Family Legacy lives on."

    The two week-long camp, Monday, June 13th to Friday, June 17th and Monday, June 20th to Friday, June 24th, will culminate in a community concert to be performed in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 24th.

    The concert is open to the public and no tickets are necessary. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Wold Performing Arts Center is located on Lynn University's campus at 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431.

    Summer Strings is generously supported by a grant from Boca West Community Charitable Foundation and in-kind support from the School District of Palm Beach County, Lynn University and Costco.

    The mission of Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources by funding programs that provide for instruction, mentoring and resources.

    Editor's note:
    Media are invited to cover the Summer Strings camp and/or concert. Please check in with Jamie Russell D'Aria to gain entrance to Lynn University's campus (3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton) or to receive any additional information. Jamie can be reached at 561-237- 7629.

    For more information about the Summer Strings Camp, as well as the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, please contact Shanna St. John at 561-213-8209.

    For information about the Lynn Conservatory and its mentors, please contact Manuel Capote, Music Education and Community Outreach Coordinator, 561-237-7156.

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