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Aeolian Hall's How High the Moon

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A Fundraising Project for our Free Afterschool Music Program (El Sistema Aeolian)

To experience a Matt Alber concert is to experience the gift of music, magic and inspiration. A musical genius, driven by profound social conscience, a champion for youth and an advocate for the rights of all people, the two-time Grammy Award winning artist brings talent, enthusiasm, vulnerability and all of his heart to every stage.

In December 2017, Matt performed on the Aeolian stage for an historic evening of song and celebration.

You can experience this event by watching a short promotional video on the Making of the Album below. Relive the magic and see it for the first time.

Inducted as an Honorary Patron of the Aeolian El SistemaProgram in July 2017, Matt has generously given his voice, time and passion to this extraordinary fundraising project for El Sistema. While his energy naturally lit up the stage, his commitment to youth, to universal access to musical education, and to social justice continue to light up the hearts and minds of the El Sistema participants he works with for a few weeks every year at the Aeolian. Together with the Prime Time Big Band, Matt recreated Mel Tormé’s Swingin’ on the Moon.

First released in 1960, the album had global success for Tormé – each piece a romantic wish upon our own lunar fantasies.  The concert was professionally recorded masterd with expected release for purchase in late February 2018 in support of El Sistema.

The total cost of this extraordinary event and recording opportunity is $30,000. With all proceeds going to El Sistema, we cannot realize this project without your support.  Please consider giving to the Aeolian’s first ever crowd sourced recording opportunity and be part of the magic that is Matt Alber and the magnificence that is El Sistema Aeolian. Our campaign goal is to raise 1/3 of the overall project cost.

What is El Sistema Aeolian?

El Sistema Aeolian is part of a global movement designed to offer free universal access to an intensive collaborative music program.  There are millions of participants in over 80 countries and the program has spread across Canada quickly. Canadian Provincial and National Associations are forming. Our local program offers five days of instruction to our participants including orchestra, choir and piano lessons. Meals and snacks are also provided. Our participants give approximately 10-20 concerts per year in various settings.

The arts enlighten, inspire and transform individuals, helping us build strong, healthy and vibrant communities. El Sistema Aeolian provides an opportunity for children, youth and their communities to experience a free, intensive, innovative and accessible afterschool music program. We provide expert instruction in a nurturing, safe and inclusive environment allowing participants to develop their full social and musical potential.

 We see a world in which all children and youth experience the joy and inspiration of music. The skills they will learn are transferable and include social engagement, inclusiveness, leadership, pursuit of excellence and creative learning styles. These skills and pathways will open new horizons and alternative pathways for these young people. It will assist them to achieve their full potential enrich our communities.

The gift of music.
The gift of community.


  • Wendy Weaver
    • $50 
    • 5 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Aeolian Hall
London, ON
Anita Farrow

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