An Enchanting Evening at “Nocturne: A Night with A Gift for Music”

The serene surroundings of Garden Tiger in Ivanhoe Village were brought to life on the evening of May 23, 2024, as A Gift for Music hosted its newest signature event, Nocturne: A Night with A Gift for Music. Overlooking picturesque Lake Formosa, Garden Tiger provided a perfect backdrop for an evening dedicated to celebrating the transformative power of music and the inspirational story of A Gift for Music.

The event featured an exquisite array of fine wines, a Grapefruit Serenade cocktail from The Good Pour, and delectable charcuterie, creating a delightful atmosphere for mingling among guests, who included music enthusiasts, special guests, and alumni. The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the performance by the talented student musicians of A Gift for Music, whose soul-stirring melodies captivated an appreciative audience.

Adding to the enchantment of the evening were the inspirational guest speakers:

  • Jasmine Ramos, Field Representative for Congressman Maxwell Frost, who spoke passionately about the impact of music education on community development.
  • Scott Evans, Senior Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Orange County Public Schools, who highlighted the importance of the longtime partnership between A Gift for Music and OCPS.
  • Dr. Jeffery Redding, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida, who shared insights into the academic and personal growth that music education fosters.
  • Michael Simpson, conductor of the A Gift for Music Chamber Strings orchestra, who discussed the program’s achievements and future aspirations.
  • Dr. Angelica Chen, an alumna of A Gift for Music, who shared her personal journey and the profound impact the program had on her life and career.

Throughout the evening, these speakers underscored the mission of A Gift for Music: to provide students in underserved communities with access to music education, fostering not only their musical talents but also their personal growth and academic success. Whether a long-time supporter or a newcomer to the cause, attendees left inspired by the shared stories of transformation and the beautiful music performed by the students.

Nocturne: A Night with A Gift for Music was not just an evening of enjoyment; it was a testament to the power of music to change lives, build communities, and inspire future generations. As the night drew to a close, it was clear that the melodies of the evening would resonate in the hearts of all who attended, further fueling the passion and support for A Gift for Music’s mission.

To enjoy more photos from this lovely evening provided by Sugar Pop and A Gift for Music staff, click here.

Special thanks to all of our event sponsors who made this enchanting evening possible.