Sam Bodkin ’07

During his junior year at Columbia, Sam would travel to Boston during breaks to visit friends attending the New England Conservatory. Parties in the student-packed Allston neighborhood came with a classical music soundtrack. Although he played piano in bands at Milton, Sam did not have a classical music background. But at these gatherings, he grew to love the music and from this came the idea of an online social network that connects classical music followers with classical musicians for small, intimate gatherings.

“I realized that providing live classical music in a more relaxed, social setting could make it a great asset in a moment that seems so desperately lacking in positive and meaningful social opportunities. People need a reason to be around one another, and to connect to each other.”