BY Gabe Herman


The Third Street Music School Settlement is launching a series of concerts and special events to celebrate its 125th anniversary, starting with a community block party this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m.


The “125th and Beyond Block Party” will be held in front of the East Village school, on East 11 Street between Second and Third Avenues. It’s open to the public and will include music- and dance-themed activities involving faculty and students, along with a recording booth for recording original songs and the iconic giant walking piano from the Tom Hanks movie “Big.” There will also be an outdoor café and carnival games, face painting and a photo booth.


The school is co-presenting the event with WNYC, the New York Theatre Workshop and the nearby Otterndorfer branch of the New York Public Library.


Other events in the coming year to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary will include An Evening with Philip Glass; Chamber Music in Concert at Le Poisson Rouge; A Special String ‘Stravaganza; and a special concert tribute to CBGB.


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