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Ovation Concerts awarded Puffin Foundation West Grant for Artistic Diversity


Ovation Concerts was awarded a 2017 Puffin Foundation West Grant to further its work in balanced diversity in the arts through its Untold Legacies of Black Composers residencies. The funding was used in part to present components of the Untold Legacies at the 2017 Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, NY this summer. We are deeply honored to receive this award from the Puffin Foundation West (PWF) and cherish the generosity of PFW and its President Java Kitrick.

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Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artist activists and arts organizations often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy. Artists are able to reach across the borders of our imagination and in doing so often peaceably transform our society’s ideas about social justice issues.  Creative expression and innovation have always helped move society towards a more progressive democracy and allow us to recognize our universal humanity. Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. is committed to supporting such grass-roots artists and organizations.

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Ovation Concerts

The Fierce Urgency of Now


It is time for the world’s conception of the symphony orchestra and classical music to change. Through a series of powerful, cutting-edge performances that combine classical and contemporary music, we answer this call. We provide opportunities for gifted emerging artists to perform with internationally established musicians in a solo and ensemble setting.

Our mission is to promote balanced diversity in the performing arts and help foster immediate change in the ethnic representation of orchestral and classical musicians with the ‘fierce urgency of now’ through performance, education, dialogue and discussion.

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