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What: Spring Poems & Songs: A Musical Celebration of Poetry Month

When: April 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY

Web: http://www.artsbrookfield.com/SpringPoems

Cost: FREE – No tickets or reservations required




Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, renowned spoken-word artist Mahogany Browne, music students perform in free event; plus interactive poetry-making activities for kids & adults

New York, NY (March 30, 2015) – Brooklyn's Poet Laureate Tina Chang, nationally acclaimed spoken-word artist Mahogany Browne, and students from Third Street Music School will fill the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place with words and music as part of "Spring Poems & Songs: A Musical Celebration of Poetry Month," a free event presented by Arts Brookfield next month.

On Sunday, April 19, Tina Chang will host an afternoon of live performances and interactive activities in the spectacular glass-vaulted atrium at Brookfield Place, which offers idyllic springtime views of the Hudson River. Both Browne and Chang, who in 2010 became Brooklyn's first-ever female Poet Laureate, will perform their own work. In addition, local area public school students will read aloud their poetry, drawn on inspiration from New York City.

Highlighting the intersection of poetry and music, students and ensembles from Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation's longest running community music school (currently celebrating its 120th anniversary), will perform a selection of popular songs and original compositions by Third Street students.

Before and after the performances, Poets House, the national poetry library and literary center, will host interactive poetry-making activities for kids and adults, inviting poets of all levels and all ages to tap into their inner bard.

"Spring Poems & Songs celebrates poetry in its many forms, from works penned by some of New York's most established poets to songs by emerging composers and lyricists from the acclaimed Third Street Music School Settlement," said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. "Best of all, kids and audience members can channel the inspiration derived from the performances into their own poems, thanks to special activities led by Poets House."

“Poetry has been called the ‘music of the soul’ for good reason,” said Valerie Lewis, executive director of Third Street Music School Settlement. “We are thrilled to join with Arts Brookfield, Poets House, and some of New York City’s greatest living poets to celebrate the power of both poetry and music during National Poetry Month.”

About Third Street Music School Settlement:

Founded in 1894, Third Street Music School Settlement is the nation’s longest running community music school. Instrumental in helping to establish community arts education in the United States, it has been changing lives and its community by providing access to world-class music and dance instruction to students of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of ability or economic circumstances. Located on East 11th Street in the heart of the East Village, Third Street offers early childhood and preschool programs, after-school and Saturday programs for children and teens, as well as daytime and evening programs for adults. It also provides instruction through more than 20 school & community partnerships and a year-round schedule of free-to-the-public performances.

About Poets House:

Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House began a year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary of public programming this year, a celebration of its modest beginnings and growth to serving millions each year. Poets House continues to bring world-renowned poets to new audiences, welcoming poetry experts as well as those new to the art form, every day.

About Arts Brookfield:

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Visit www.ArtsBrookfield.com for a complete schedule of events.

About Brookfield Place:

Brookfield Place is the height of luxury shopping, dining and cultural arts in downtown Manhattan. The eight-million-square-foot office and retail center is uniquely positioned just south of Tribeca along the Hudson River waterfront. International fashion houses including Hermés, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermenegildo Zegna, and top brands such as Theory, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Vince, and Paul Smith will open in 2015. Opening in 2016, a 75,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue department store will anchor the entire project, revolutionizing the luxury shopping experience downtown. Best-in-class dining options will include recently opened Hudson Eats, a curated collection of 14 chef-driven fast-casual eateries; Le District, a 30,000-square-foot French-inspired marketplace; and six signature restaurants including L'Atelier Amada and Parm, which will provide al fresco dining. Complimented by Arts Brookfield, an elite arts and events program offering world-renowned cultural experiences, Brookfield Place is set to transform downtown Manhattan as the premier destination for residents and visitors alike. For more information, please visit: http://brookfieldplaceny.com/.

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