Songs for the World Raises Over US$7,000 for BrazilFoundation

The benefit concert was the brainchild of 16 year old Julia Lipsztein

On Tuesday, Jan. 28th, more than twenty youth came together to perform a benefit concert for BrazilFoundation at the 54 Below restaurant in New York. The young actors and singers, all with Broadway, theatre and TV/film credits, performed a wide range of material, from Broadway, to hits of the 80s, and Bossa Nova. The evening also featured famed Brazillian composer, singer, and producer Jair Oliveira (Jairzinho) and Nanny Assis’ band. The event raised more than US$7,000 for BrazilFoundation to invest in projects this year.

Songs for the World is the brainchild of 16 year old Julia Lipsztein, who like many youngsters of her generation, is passionate about social causes and caring for the environment. Earlier this year, Julia started a crowdfunding campaign to cover travel expenses for dancers from Ballet Paraisópolis, a BrazilFoundation grantee, to perform at the BrazilFoundation Gala New York.

“Together we can fight for a fairer Brazil and one day regain the pride of the Brazilian people. I believe in people and in teaching the new generation to actively participate in this change, where acts of kindness need no special reason…” – Julia Lipsztein

Congratulations to everyone who helped make this event possible!

Creator: Julia Lipsztein
Music Director: Joe Baker
Guest Star: Jair De Oliveira
Musical Guest: Nanny Assis Band
Producer: Victoria Csatay, Diego Luciano and Julia Lipsztein
Special Guests: Broadway Youth Ensemble and Open Hydrant Theatre Company
Director: Juliana Pedroso and Matt Gurren

The event featured:
Influencer and best-selling author Carrie Berk (Carrie’s Chronicles, The Cupcake Club), Diego Luciano (School of Rock on Broadway), Gianna Harris (School of Rock On Broadway) Madaleine Pace (Once on Broadway), Owen Tabaka ( A Christmas Story – National Tour) , Sway Bhatia (HBO – Succession), Toleeya Napolitano (US Open 2016) , Violet Young (US Open 019, National Geographic Picasso), Clara Young (National Tour Cindy Lou in How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Julia Lipsztein (13 the Musical), Victoria Csatay (Turandot, Peace Love and Cupcakes) , Bella Retter (13 the Musical), Liza Retter (13 the Musical), Dani Assis (Connecticut Fine Arts Associations Award 2019), Isabelly Reis, Jack Richman (Peace Love and Cupcakes), Casey Nadzdam (When Moms Go Bad) , Rachel McVey (Annie Warbucks), Hannah Voevodsky (Annie) , Gabrielle Pegg (Split, The Haunting Of).