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By Chuck Bennett
amNewYork Staff Writer

September 25, 2006
It sounds like the premise for a silly comedy sketch, but famed boxing gym Gleason's is serious about bringing live chamber music to its monthly fight nights.

"It will be like a pre-sixth century Greek ritual," said cellist Dan Barrett, who originated the idea of pairing sets of pugilism with classical music.

Barrett, who has performed on several PBS documentaries, approached Gleason's owner Bruce Silverglade on combining the two "arts" into one event at the Brooklyn gym.

"I thought it was just terrific," Silverglade said. "Everybody I talked to and mentioned it to, just loved it."

Thus "Strike!" was born -- an evening of chamber music intermingled with boxing bouts of Gleason's fighters who are under 18.

Musicians -- complete with harps, cellos, and violas and a double bass -- will set up in one ring while the boxers in training will duke it out in another. The final fight of the four bout event will actually have musicians doing free-form improv music to match the action in the ring. The audience will get kazoos and other instruments to join in.

In recent years parents have been taking their children to gym for training.

Whether it's getting an overweight child back in shape, teaching a wild child self-control or a bullied kid self-confidence, the gym has become like a community center for kids.

"Kids learn a sense of control and self-command, a feeling of congenial relations to their milieu rather than an adversarial relationship with their milieu," Barrett said.

And that environment would be an ideal place to expose them to classical music, both Barret and Silverglade said. After all, both boxing and music require incredible discipline, patience and training.

Money collected from the $10 tickets will be used to fund workshops for children in literature, philosophy, film music and art.

Strike
A New Music & Boxing Extravaganza
Saturday, October 7, 8 p.m.
Gleason's Gym
83 Front St., Brooklyn

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By Chuck Bennett
amNewYork Staff Writer

September 25, 2006
It sounds like the premise for a silly comedy sketch, but famed boxing gym Gleason's is serious about bringing live chamber music to its monthly fight nights.

"It will be like a pre-sixth century Greek ritual," said cellist Dan Barrett, who originated the idea of pairing sets of pugilism with classical music.

Barrett, who has performed on several PBS documentaries, approached Gleason's owner Bruce Silverglade on combining the two "arts" into one event at the Brooklyn gym.

"I thought it was just terrific," Silverglade said. "Everybody I talked to and mentioned it to, just loved it."

Thus "Strike!" was born -- an evening of chamber music intermingled with boxing bouts of Gleason's fighters who are under 18.

Musicians -- complete with harps, cellos, and violas and a double bass -- will set up in one ring while the boxers in training will duke it out in another. The final fight of the four bout event will actually have musicians doing free-form improv music to match the action in the ring. The audience will get kazoos and other instruments to join in.

In recent years parents have been taking their children to gym for training.

Whether it's getting an overweight child back in shape, teaching a wild child self-control or a bullied kid self-confidence, the gym has become like a community center for kids.

"Kids learn a sense of control and self-command, a feeling of congenial relations to their milieu rather than an adversarial relationship with their milieu," Barrett said.

And that environment would be an ideal place to expose them to classical music, both Barret and Silverglade said. After all, both boxing and music require incredible discipline, patience and training.

Money collected from the $10 tickets will be used to fund workshops for children in literature, philosophy, film music and art.

Strike
A New Music & Boxing Extravaganza
Saturday, October 7, 8 p.m.
Gleason's Gym
83 Front St., Brooklyn

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