AN EVENT TO BENEFIT ARTS EDUCATION
Thursday, May 12, 2022
BlackRock Center for the Arts
LETTER FROM OUR CEO
In moments of self-reflection at BlackRock Center for the Arts, we ask ourselves if we are successfully fulfilling our mission of providing access to the arts for all. More importantly, are we enriching the lives of our children through the arts? Over the past few years, BlackRock has reemerged and redefined ourselves as an anchor for the Upcounty Area. Our great lawn transformed into a true town center with family events from movie nights and farmers markets to community celebrations, Hispanic Heritage Month and Juneteenth. A place for kids of all ages to create, explore, and unwind. Our galleries are filled once more with art. For two years they were filled with food for the Upcounty Hub, a food distribution program which we created. Most importantly, our arts education and camp programs offered creative programming that filled gaps in the lives of children during a persistent chapter of challenges. Our scholarship program has reached and impacted hundreds of local children. When we ask ourselves those tough questions, we are confident that we have fulfilled our mission and that we are a better and stronger version of the center we once were. There is great joy in our beautiful building; joy that comes from the creative process, from collaboration, and from connecting through the arts. On May 12, 2022 we will celebrate our successes and share our future in a unique event to benefit BlackRock’s arts education programming. We ask that you be part of that celebration as a sponsor. We will introduce our new season and programming. And we will honor Montgomery College as our Community Partner.
John & Sheila Compton
Peter Fosselman and Duane Rollins
Tom and Melane Hoffmann
Jennifer Russel & Joel Michaels
Michael & Linda Roberts
Bob & Stephanie Weishaar
Lynn Andreas Arndt & Christopher Arndt
Pre-Show Cocktail Party with heavy hors d'oeuvres featuring
PROFESSOR ALVIN TRASK, DEPARTMENT CHAIR OF THE PERFORMING ARTS, AND THE MC JAZZTET
Performance by MADZ
Madz Johnson is a Filipina-American Soul Jazz Funk singer, songwriter and arranger based in the DMV area.
As an alumni of UP Madrigal Singers, the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, as well as a soloist for ASIAN TOUR, Madz has done various concerts in the US and the Philippines with artists like Leah Salonga, Dulce, and Freddie Aguilar.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
PROFESSOR ALVIN TRASK
Louisiana has long been the birthplace for many of America’s elite jazz artists. Such is the status of jazz trumpeter Alvin Trask. Born in Baton Rouge in 1964, Trask began playing the trumpet at the age of nine, inspired by his uncle who played tenor sax. The influence of his uncle’s musical flair combined with steady encouragement to entertain at family events, church activities, and school programs brought Trask remarkable progress in playing the trumpet and perfecting his skills.
In 1989, Trask received his first major break with the Tony Kelley Royal Ambassador Big Band where he performed, toured, and recorded with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble and the Federal Focus Jazz Band. During his summer hiatus from graduate school, Trask studied and performed at the Thelonious Monk Institute and Jazz Festival in Dolo, Italy.
Besides studying with Eddie Henderson, Fred Irby and Webster Young, Trask’s additional training and professional development includes work with the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Hartford University’s Advanced Placement Music Theory, the Eastman School of Music’s Jazz Arranging for Music Teachers, and the Essentially Ellington Band Director’s Workshop.
Alvin Trask earned a Bachelor of Music Degree (Classical Trumpet Performance) from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music Degree from Howard University. As an educator, Alvin Trask is currently the Chair of Performing Arts at Montgomery College. Previously, he chaired the Performing Arts Department at a private Episcopalian high school where he taught music theory and composition and conducted the spectrum of bands: symphonic, jazz, pep, ensembles and chamber orchestras. Trask’s tenure also includes roles as Adjunct Professor of Music at Trinity College, Trumpet Instructor for a Music and Arts Center, Associate Conductor for the Pan American Symphony Big Band, and Brass Instructor for the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.