Opera Singer's Charity Launches “Art for All” Project

Monica Yunus who is playing Pamina in the upcoming production of The Magic Flute is also co-executive director of Sing For Hope. Read the release below.



“Art for All” Project Made Possible by Chobani


NEW YORK, N.Y., February 13, 2013 – Sing for Hope is proud to announce that The Sing for Hope Pianos will return to New York City this summer for its third year. This year’s program is being made possible by the generous support of Chobani, Inc., maker of America’s #1 selling yogurt brand, and in collaboration with the City of New York.


Driven by the vision of “Art for All,” The Sing for Hope Pianos project selects artists from across the city to customize their own unique piano, which will be part of a public art installation designed to make music accessible to the community.  88 pianos, representing the 88 keys on a keyboard, will be placed throughout the five boroughs of New York City from June 1st-16th so that professional and amateur musicians alike can take turns making music. After the installation closes, the pianos will be presented to under-served schools, hospitals and other local organizations, enriching our local City communities through art for years to come.


“We’re thrilled that The Sing for Hope Pianos will return this year,” said Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus, star sopranos and Co-Founders of Sing for Hope. “These individually created piano masterpieces, combined with the sounds of everyday pianists, will once again fill our great city with a cultural experience unlike any other.  Following the installation, these pianos are donated to local organizations and continue to bring the arts to the communities where they find their new homes.”


 “As two entrepreneurial organizations united by a mission to provide equal access to everyone – whether it’s music or genuine food products – Chobani is proud to support Sing for Hope,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, president, CEO and founder of Chobani. “Through funding this inventive program and as members of the New York community, we are honored to be a part in deepening the role New York City plays as a thought leader in music and the arts.”


Artists whom have previously donated their time and talent customizing a Sing for Hope Piano include fashion designers Isaac Mizrahi and Diane Von Furstenberg, visual artists Julian Schnabel and Scott Taylor, as well as students from New York Academy of Art.  Sing for Hope Pianos is currently accepting applications for artists who would like to participate this year.


Please visit singforhope.org for additional information.


About Sing for Hope

The Sing for Hope vision of ART FOR ALL is informed by our belief that the arts have unique power to uplift and unite individuals and communities. Our outreach programs in NYC's under-resourced schools and healthcare facilities demonstrate this every day, and the Sing for Hope Pianos are a summertime celebration that bring this to every corner of our city.  If you are one of the millions of New Yorkers who have played the outdoor pianos in Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and other parks and public spaces in the summertime, you know why The Sing for Hope Pianos are NYC's most beloved public art project. Additional support is provided by Sing for Hope’s Founders’ Circle including The Arnhold Foundation in honor of Sissy Arnhold, The Kellen Family Foundation, and Ann Ziff.  For more information, please visit singforhope.org.

About Chobani

Maker of America's #1 selling yogurt brand, authentic strained Chobani Greek Yogurt, Chobani was founded on the belief that people have great taste, they just need great options. That is why Chobani produces only the highest quality, best tasting products made with only natural ingredients out of its New Berlin, N.Y. plant and its new one million square-foot production facility in Twin Falls, Idaho. As part of Chobani's nothing but good philosophy, it is committed to supporting local farmers and strengthening its surrounding area economies. Chobani uses milk from local-area farms and gives 10% of its annual profits to charities worldwide through the Shepherd's Gift Foundation, the company's charitable arm. All Chobani products are Kosher certified, made with milk from cows not treated with rBST and provide five live and active cultures and two times more protein than regular yogurt per serving. Chobani products are available nationwide, and in Australia and the UK. Chobani is pleased to offer consumers a variety of nothing but good productsChobani Greek Yogurt, Chobani Bite, Chobani Flip and Chobani Champions. For more information, please visit chobani.com or connect with Chobani on Facebook at facebook.com/chobani


Media Contacts

Lindsay Kos: Communications Manager, Chobani 212-364-6470/lindsay.kos@chobani.com

Bridget Wilson: Fleishman-Hillard for Chobani, 212-453-2173/bridget.wilson@fleishman.com




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