"Music can change the world" - Ludwig Von Beethoven
Emerald Coast Music Alliance is the brainchild of Alon Goldstein, an Israeli-born pianist who has played all over the world. Goldstein formed the group in the hopes of keeping the magic of art, specifically the art of classical music, alive. The group works in partnership with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and relies on donations to fund its efforts, which consist of taking world-class musicians directly to populations who would have little or no opportunity for such an experience. This is done free of charge. Venues have included school classrooms, autism centers, after-school programs, facilities for those with special needs and assisted living facilities.
Since its inception in 2017, Emerald Coast Music Alliance has held week-long festivals each January. In 2017, Goldstein and other distinguished musicians performed at five venues serving youth and adults. In 2018, the program expanded to a piano and string quartet which performed at 15 locations. In 2019, Goldstein brought the Grammy-nominated cellist Amit Peled and the Peabody Cello Gang, a group of gifted students from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, to perform 25 times in 17 different locations. The 2020 Festival features Alon Goldstein, four guest pianists playing one piano simultaneously, Concert Artist Guild International Competition winners; JiJi, a classical guitarist, and Mitya Nilov, a percussionist along with a brass quintet.