For the past 26 years, Kol Rayus Productions has produced Harmony concerts that have empowered talented women and girls from across our community to express their artistic abilities. This year’s performance was the most successful ever! The three performances at Lawrence High School’s beautiful auditorium were sold out weeks in advance. Some 2,400 women attended the shows to watch over 400 talented performers shine onstage. DVDs of the performance are selling like hotcakes, with over 300 sold to date.

What made Harmony XII such a success? On the production side, each performance was the result of six months of hard work and practice by each performing group led by incredibly dedicated coordinators, choreographers, and concert heads. Organizationally, Kol Rayus’s partnership with the TOVA Mentoring Network, its mentors, and volunteer lay leaders, worked seamlessly because of the deep mutual respect and cooperation between the two groups. Harmony also succeeded because of the backing of so many sponsors who made certain to provide the necessary funding to enable the production to run smoothly with all of the accessories and costumes necessary for a professionally run performance. Harmony succeeded because hundreds of people from our community came together to support a worthy community cause like TOVA in a true spirit of achdus and harmony.

Kudos to the leadership team of Harmony: musical director Karen Daitchman and orchestral director Kayli Joseph for producing the musical arrangements for the evening, Shelley Winkler and Ricki Molinsky, who were the producers of the show, and Mrs. Batya Travis, whose artistic direction and leadership inspired all of the performers to reach for the stars. The children’s ensemble led by the talented Evy Guttman included over 400 girls! A big thank you to all of the hard working girls and their parents for their tireless effort and commitment in making this production an awesome success.

This year’s Harmony concert was sponsored by Yoeli Steinberg and Gourmet Glatt, a leader of chesed and tzedakah in our community. A debt of gratitude also goes to Lawrence School District for opening their doors to the practices, rehearsals, and performances. Assistant superintendent, Mr. Jeremy Feder, musical director Pamela Gallopini, athletics director, Joseph Martillotti, Elieen Havey, and the custodial team provided immeasurable assistance to the Harmony crew. Harmony thanks the members of the Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol, who did a great job of directing traffic and ensuring the safety of the attendees under difficult weather conditions.

Sam Belsky of SamBelsky.com deserves accolades for his technological guidance in developing an online ticket sales system that enabled attendees to purchase and print their tickets at home and for his artistic design of this year’s Harmony poster and logos.

This year’s Harmony XII profits went to benefit TOVA, a longtime community organization committed to providing non-judgmental guidance to local children, assisting them in their healthy and successful academic, social and emotional development.

Harmony DVDs can be ordered at TovaMentoring.org for $25. For more information about the TOVA program, please call 516-295-0550.

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