MIMI STERN-WOLFE, pianist, conductor, worked with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and was conductor-vocal coach at Lake George Opera and at the Aspen Music Festival. She is the founder of Downtown Music Productions and its performing ensemble, the Downtown Chamber & Opera Players, presenting diverse concerts and chamber operas premieres for the EAST VILLAGE CONCERT SERIES community. Her concerts have focused on presenting socially provocative repertory, as well as challenging scores of American composers. She is featured in the musical documentary film on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING, by Australian filmmaker Rohan Spong. It describes her efforts in presenting the annual Benson AIDS Concerts since 1990. COMPOSERS OF THE HOLOCAUST, and SUDDEN SUNSETS (Highlights of the Benson AIDS Series) are DMP award winning recordings. She has received two ASCAP-CMA awards for “adventurous programming”, a Laurel Leaf for “fostering American Music”, and the Mayor's Very Special Arts Award in Music for her "exceptional contribution to the arts and multicultural life of New York City.” In May 2014, she received the “Lower East Side Community Hero Award” from the Steering Committee of Lower East Side History Month. Most recently she was awarded the Clara Lemlich award for her musical concerts and her social activism and conducted her Downtown Chamber Orchestra in Aaron Copland's “Lincoln Portrait” on, February 12th, the birthday of this great president.