Education non-profit is music to Giacchino’s ears

Composer to be honored for his work with org

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Michael Giacchino will be honored for his contributions to Education Through Music-Los Angeles at a benefit Oct. 19 at L.A.’s House of Blues.

ETM-LA is a nonprofit organization that promotes music education in schools, specifically “at risk” schools, according to exec director Victoria Lanier. Currently ETM-LA serves 10 schools, providing high-quality, weekly, year-round music instruction.

Lanier said the program is now in its fifth year. Organizers of the Oct. 19 event hope to raise as much as $150,000, almost half of the nonprofit’s annual budget of $325,000.

Giacchino has donated time and money to ETM-LA from the beginning, Lanier said, inviting seventh- and eighth-graders to the “Ratatouille” recording sessions, urging musicians from the score of “The Incredibles” to speak to youngsters, and even sponsoring the program at one school.

Actress Kate Flannery will host the benefit, slated to feature performances by Ben Vereen, pianist Patrice Rushen, R&B singer Lalah Hathaway and funk band BERN. Students from the ETM-LA program will perform Giacchino’s theme for “Up” with members of BERN.

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