Sarasota, FL — December 4, 2013 — Allisongs for Tots and Music & Me, LLC are jointly producing three benefit concerts on December 14 and 15, 2013, in St. Pete, Tampa, and Sarasota, to benefit four-year-old Teeja Johnson, who takes Music Together classes at Allisongs for Tots. Teeja has been battling neuroblastoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer, for the past year. The 45-minute concerts are free and perfect for families with children eight and under and feature singer/performer Gerry Dignan (‘Uncle Gerry’) performing favorite Music Together songs. Donations are appreciated to support Teeja’s medical bills.
Known as “Uncle Gerry” to the millions of families who have taken Music Together classes since 1987, Gerry is a recording artist on the the award-winning Music Together CDs given to families enrolled the program, which can be found in over 2000 communities in 40 countries.
The free concerts are as follows:
Sat. Dec. 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM, Saturday Morning Market, 1st St. S. & 1st Ave. S., St. Pete
Sat, Dec. 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Arlington Gymnasium, 2650 Waldemere Street, Sarasota
Sun, Dec. 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM, Hyde Park Village, 1602 Snow Avenue, Tampa
According to concert producer Allison Wilkins, Director, Allisongs for Tots, “Teeja has undergone treatments at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Her healthcare costs are in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars, money that her family cannot support on their own. A local charity, Kickin’ for Kids, has organized a fund for Teeja to help relieve the financial burden, and we hope our concerts will add to the fund. Teeja is a very special little girl and she is a joy to have in our music classes.”
Colleen McGrath Lilley, Director, Music & Me, LLC, adds, “We want to bring families in the community together to enjoy Uncle Gerry’s incredibly beautiful music, sing and dance along, have fun, and celebrate this wonderful child. Every bit of money raised will help her.”
December 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Location: Saturday Morning Market, 1st Street S. and 1st Avenue S., St. Petersburg
December 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Location: Arlington Gymnasium, 2650 Waldemere Street, Sarasota
December 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Location: Hyde Park Village, 1602 Snow Avenue, Tampa
More information at: www.facebook.com/UncleGerryConcertsforTeeja. Suggested donation at the concert is $25 per family, but there is no financial obligation to attend. Note that 100 percent of donations will go to Teeja’s Fund through Kickin’ for Kids, www.razoo.com/story/Kickinforkids.
About Gerry Dignan: He is perhaps best known for his work on the Music Together recordings as the lovable “Uncle Gerry.” His background in international music and education helped to bring a breadth of expertise in presenting music of other cultures in an engaging and accessible way to children in early childhood. His renditions of songs, even in foreign languages, capture the minds and hearts of Music Together students around the world. He performs in many genres of music including classical, gospel, folk, world chants, and pop. For seven years, Gerry was a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and performed with them at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Berlin’s Konzert Halle. An avid aficionado and performer of traditional Irish songs, Gerry has been singing in Irish gathering places since 1975. Each summer, he and his wife Denise lead a “Magical, Mystical, Musical Tour” throughout the west of Ireland. They have produced two CDs: Harvest of Life: Songs of Hope and Celebration and Heart’s Desire: An Anthology of Celtic Songs.
About Music Together: Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children birth through age seven. The Music Together curriculum, coauthored in 1987 by Founder/Director Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Rowan University Professor of Music Education Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz (Director of Research), is based on the recognition that all children are musical: all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Music Together offers programs for families; schools; at-risk populations; and children with special needs, in over 2000 communities in 40 countries around the world. The company is passionately committed to bringing children and their caregivers closer through shared music-making and helping people discover the joy and educational value of early music experiences. More at www.MusicTogether.com.