Read About Kaufman Center's Partnership with Opus 118 in the Daily News!
Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2012
"Opus 118 will continue to make sweet music in East Harlem — with a helping hand from The Kaufman Center," writes Clem Richardson in The Daily News.
"But Opus 118 Harlem School of Music is still looking for a home.
"Founded by famed violin teacher Roberta Guaspari and the subject of two films — the 1996 documentary “Small Wonders” and 1999’s “Music of the Heart” starring Merle Streep — Opus 118 teaches violin to third, fourth and fifth graders, most of whom live in East Harlem.
"Guaspari started Opus 118 in 1991 after budget cuts threatened to close the music programs in three East Harlem schools.
"A 1993 benefit concert by 10 famous violinists including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Isaac Stern, and Arnold Steinhardt put Opus 118 on it’s financial feet, as did subsequent fund-raising including the movies.
"But over the years funding dried up. In March Opus 118 was evicted from its 103 E. 125th St. home. Since then the school has been meeting in a small classroom at Central Park East II, an elementary school at 19 East 103 St."