Dedicated to First Responders, Healthcare & Essential Workers

Ramsey, NJ – Don Bosco Prep’s Music Department will present A CONCERT FOR HEROES, a YouTube Premiere dedicated to First Responders, Healthcare & Essential Workers on Sunday evening, May 24th at 7:30 p.m.  

The performers include former, current and possible “future” DBP Iron-Musicians who have recorded themselves from their various places of quarantine.  Artists include:

  • renowned Jazz musician John Pizzarelli (DBP ’78) performing If Dreams Come True by Benny Goodman;
  • Broadway Actor Matt Ban (DBP ’05) singing The Impossible Dream from Man of LaMancha;
  • Music Director of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, Dr. Peter Latona (DBP ’86) playing Langlais’ Cantique from Folkloric Suite on the Basilica organ;
  • world-class cellist Noah Lee (DBP ’18) joined by his sister Sydney Lee playing the first movement of Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne;
  • Metropolitan Opera Violinist Basia Danilow and New York City Ballet Cellist Peter Sanders (DBP Parents) performing the Seventh Variation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations;
  • Ballet Dancer David West, and many other prominent artists
All musical styles will be represented, from Classical Jazz to Sacred to Broadway to Pop.

Another special feature of A Concert for Heroes is that students from Don Bosco Prep’s Communication Arts Department, under the direction of Media Specialist Jenna Vrablic, are producing the broadcast.  Students Colin and Chase Doyle hold the positions of Producer and Director for the YouTube event; Emerson Shatouhy is Technical Director; and Harrison Brooks is the Editor. 

“This concert represents the love and magic of the Don Bosco Prep family and shows those on the front lines of this pandemic how much we appreciate their efforts,” said Toni Bilotti Cecere, Director of Choral Activities, Liturgical Music and Artistic Director of Chapel Concerts at Don Bosco Prep.  “They are truly our heroes!  Our goal is that this concert will bring unity and hope at a time when we need it most. Community, collaboration, and togetherness are at the center of a musician’s spirit.  Music always offers us grace and beauty.  And, to make this all possible, we are blessed to have the expertise of our Communication Arts students!”  The concert will air on the Don Bosco Prep Official YouTube Channel.  

Over this academic year, Don Bosco Prep has partnered with Kawai Piano through its Institutional Loan Program.  Pianos have been on loan to the school from Kawai’s Local Authorized Kawai Dealer Forte Piano in Paramus.  Post-concert there will be an opportunity for the Don Bosco Prep community to virtually browse the Forte Piano inventory and to purchase pianos at a special price.  Five percent of revenues from the sale will be donated back to Don Bosco Prep for charitable use.  For more information, contact Toni Bilotti Cecere at tcecere@donboscoprep.org.

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