Violinist David Garrett, best known for his innovative albums which merge classical and rock music, will visit PS 58 in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, June 8. The school was the first recipient of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation grant in 1997. Violin students at the school will have the opportunity to play for Garrett and the Foundation executives before hearing a history of the Foundation’s origins at their school. Garrett will speak with the children about his own background, instruct a masterclass, and perform for the group.
Garrett’s visit follows the release of his new classical album, Legacy, which came out on June 5 on the Decca label. The Juilliard-trained violinist has studied with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and has had two successful PBS concert specials, along with appearances on TV shows including Dancing with the Stars, The Today Show, and Good Morning America.
The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Currently, the Foundation has raised $48 million for 1800 public schools in over 100 cities, bringing music to the lives of more than 1.8 million students.