On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 4:30pm, the faculty from the Suzuki School of Newton will present a concert at Second Church in Newton to benefit the Space Where Every Child Can! capital campaign, which funds the purchase and renovation of the school’s new home at 1615 Beacon Street in Waban village center.
After 33 years of operation in seven different rental properties throughout Newton, the Suzuki School purchased the Staples-Craft-Wiswall farmstead in November 2017. Acquiring the farmstead was the culmination of years of searching for a permanent home while continually uprooting the school and moving operating locations every couple of years.
The concert on March 3rd will feature chamber works for string and piano by Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Smetana, Piazzolla, and Kenji Bunch. In addition to the faculty performances, there will be a silent auction, a raffle, and a post-concert reception. The fundraising goal for this event is $10,000 for the purchase and installation of a playground for the preschool.
The Suzuki School broke ground on the Staples-Craft-Wiswall farmstead in August 2018, and the construction is expected to reach completion in the coming months. The renovations will preserve the historic house and streetscape while transforming the previously residential property into a publicly accessible educational center. Once settled into the Staples-Craft-Wiswall farmstead, the Suzuki School is looking forward to expanding both programming and community initiatives.
The Suzuki School of Newton serves 335 children from Greater Boston through its music school and preschool. Guided by the teaching philosophy of 20th-century pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the school’s curriculum is designed to help children build confidence, a sense of personal value, and a capacity for complex skill learning through musical instrument study. The school prepares students to be future leaders in their communities through participation in local civic and cultural events, outreach performances at assisted living facilities, and free public concerts.