EAST VILLAGE — The Third Street Music School Settlement on May 16 will honor musician Sting for his contributions to the world of music at its annual Spring Gala.
The "Fields of Gold" singer and composer will be honored alongside musician Brenda Harris, who has served as a preschool teacher at the school for 22 years. While Sting himself has not taught Third Street students, the musician's contributions to pop music as well as Broadway have been an inspiration to the pupils, said the school's executive director.
"We're honoring Sting for what he has done for music in general," said Valerie Lewis. "He's emblematic of what so many of our students aspire to be — a multifaceted, diverse musician."
The 121st annual gala will feature performances from Sting as well as the students themselves, some as young as five years old.
But Lewis doubts the youngsters will be intimidated by the iconic pop star — after all, the school is no stranger to hosting celebrity talent.
"Last year we honored Yoko Ono and people were not shy about going up to her," she said. "I imagine they will not be shy at this event as well."
The school first opened its doors on East Third Street in 1894 before moving to its current location at 235 E. 11th St. in 1974, where it continues to offer music and dance classes to adults and children alike as well as operating its own preschool.
Esteemed alumni include singer Ingrid Michaelson and Bobby Lopez, who co-wrote the beloved song "Let it Go" from the Disney movie "Frozen," according to the school's website.
The gala is almost sold out, but a few tickets remain on sale for $500, said Lewis. Click here for more information.