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Asia America Symphony and Guild Honors: Roland Corporation, Helen Ota and Gail Gerding Mellert on June 16, 2019

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. -- The Asia America Symphony Association (AASA) and Guild will hold their annual Bravo Awards gala recognizing the Roland Corporation, Helen Ota and Gail Gerding Mellert for their contributions to AASA and the community. Master of Ceremonies is David Ono, KABC 7 News Anchor.

Musical entertainment will be provided by David Benoit, AASA's Music Director and Conductor, and the Asia America Youth Symphony, The black-tie optional event will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 5pm, at L.A. Grand Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling AASA's office at 310.377.8977.

Helen Ota is Director of Donor Engagement and Special Events for the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. She is also active in the community serving as a board member of the Nisei Week Foundation (past president), Zentoku Foundation, and the Veterans Memorial Court Alliance. She is an Advisory Council member of Kizuna, and Advisory Artistic board member of Asian Pacific American Friends of Theatre. Helen is a performing member of the Grateful Crane Ensemble and Artistic Director Emeritus of COLD TOFU Improv.

Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, and audio processing devices. With over 40 years of innovation that continues to shape the sound of modern music, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow.

Gail Gerding Mellert is a native Southern Californian and graduate from USC's Thornton School of Music. For over 35 years, she has continued to maintain her impressive reputation with her private studio of aspiring violinists. Gail was the recipient of the Studio Teacher of the Year Award by the American String Teachers Association. She is a member of the Peninsula Committee for the LA Phil, Mu Phi Epsilon, MTAC, and the American String Teacher's Association. She is also a frequent adjudicator throughout Los Angeles.

About Asia America Symphony Association:
The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians, exposing and promoting music appreciation as well as supporting and partnering with similar organizations by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating a wide array of music influences and styles from around the world. The Music Director and Conductor of AASA is renowned pianist and composer, David Benoit.

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Ragtime Pianist Featured in Michigan Humanities Council Touring Directory

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Michigan Humanities Council announced their 2018-2021 Arts and Humanities Touring Directory, offering 40 percent grant funding for arts programming at non-profits, schools, and libraries in Michigan. Traverse City ragtime pianist, Peter Bergin, is one of the featured artists.

"It's exciting to have the support of the Michigan Humanities Council," said Peter Bergin. "My mission is to bring ragtime to all corners of Michigan as a testament to America's original music. There's not a sad sound to be found!"

Ragtime is a syncopated music popular at the turn of the century. It is the musical root of subsequent twentieth century genres, including jazz and rock-n-roll. Peter Bergin's ragtime is a fifty-fifty mix of entertainment and education. Historical commentary between numbers highlights the lives of ragtime composers and cultural struggles of the late 1800's.

Audiences learn answers to questions like, "Why do they call it ragtime?" and "What makes it sound like ragtime?" Multimedia displays of composers and sheet music covers connect the audience to the Peter's concert music.

Grant requests will be accepted by the Michigan Humanities Council starting November 15, 2018 at specific intervals based on the date of the program. Funds are available on a first-come first-served basis.

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About Peter Bergin:

Michigan-based ragtime artist, Peter Bergin, has entertained audiences for over two decades. He is widely sought-after for school assemblies, libraries, museums, and community concert venues. Playing in the heart of community brings Peter immense joy and satisfaction. He looks forward to bringing ragtime to audiences everywhere as a celebration of life through music and stories.

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Mission Music to give the gift of music to children in Philadelphia

PINE HILL, N.J. -- Mission Music, a nonprofit agency that provides underserved youth with access to musical instruments and lessons regardless of their ability to pay, is donating a half dozen acoustic guitars to The Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, Pa., at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 14.

Michael O'Bryan, program manager at The Village Of Arts and Humanities, contacted Zach Greer and Skeeter Seifert - founders of Mission Music - asking for guitars for the underserved children who attend The Village's free summer camps in North Central Philly.

Greer and Seifert rallied together to collect as many guitars as possible, and, on Thursday, will deliver at least six acoustic guitars to The Village of Arts and Humanities.

"We're excited about the partnership because it helps us expand past the South Jersey region," Greer said. "Originally, we had seen our services being within South Jersey, but that quickly expanded. We have actually shipped instruments as far as Tennessee. Now, as we focus on building in the Tri-state area, we can see our reach expanding nationally as we continue to grow. Partnerships like these are vital to our growth, as they help us reach an audience we may not have been able to tap into otherwise."

Mission Music is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides free musical instruments and lessons to children. Mission Music is completely funded by the generosity of its supporters through instrument donations and financial contributions.

For more information about The Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, visit

For more information about Mission Music, visit, find them on Facebook at, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @missionmusicnj.

Contact Zach Greer at or call 856-553-3435.

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