Sunday, September 20, 2020

FINAL REMINDER & links to 2 broadcast times for unique, cross-cultural Peace Day event Sept 21

 

Hello everyone! 

Just a final quick reminder that this month's NFN Online concert will celebrate International Peace Day which is on MONDAY, September 21!

This particular Peace Day program we are broadcasting on Monday is not exactly a "concert", in the traditional sense of the word. The unique experience combines some prominent musicians of different music cultures and faith traditions - all sharing very informally from their homes, with music and chat, in an online event worldwide that is raising funds for two interfaith peace-building organizations in the Middle East.

We will have TWO online broadcast times worldwide for this one program.
You simply need to choose the correct link, below, to access that event at whichever time works best for you.

Broadcast 1: 10am PST (Calif, USA) , 18:00 UK, 8pm Middle East or Kenya
Youtube Link - https://youtu.be/o5e1g6bfhlg

Broadcast 2: 5pm PST (Calif, USA), 8pm EST (USA), the morning of Sept 22 in Australia
Youtube Link - https://youtu.be/3EXVckv_tCQ

For info on the performers/artists, don't forget to visit the Notes for Nourishment Blog. the bios of the seven participants are shared across a series of posts from this week!

We really want to make sure that anyone anywhere in the world who would like to hear these instruments and musicians share their music and stories, should get to hear it, but that means helping them know that it is happening - so please alert anyone whom you think would enjoy this too! Spread the word!

After September 21st, the video of this program will become available long-term on our Notes for Nourishment YouTube Channel, but you won't be able to donate to the beneficiary organizations any longer, after the end of the week.

...and Shana Tovah greetings to all of our Jewish friends, near and far!

Donna Stoering, LFL founder and NFN co-director
dstoering@gmail.com
ListenForLife.org
NotesForNourishment.org


Saturday, September 19, 2020

And....2 more performers' bios for the Peace Day broadcasts!

We get to experience 7 very diverse performers on the Peace Day broadcast, and in preceeding blog posts we have given bios for 5 of them (in no particular order) - so these are the final two bios - enjoy! 

Jehnean Washington, who will open the program celebrating Peace Day, is a multi talented artist, descended from the Yuchi, Seminole and Shoshone nations, and hails from the house of the storyteller. She is from the hodulgulgee clan and comes from a long line of singers, musicians and traditional healers. 
She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Jehnean has worked professionally for over 30 years, not only as a singer/song writer and musician but also in the entertainment industry’s venues of film, television, radio, voice overs, concerts, and live theater. Jehnean has performed with the prestigious Mahenwahdose productions theater company and has also served as assistant Artistic and Musical director for the legendary American Indian Theater Company. She is an Ensemble member of Native Voices at the Autry of Los Angeles, California and is a recognized and archived actress, voice over artist, singer, songwriter, musician and storyteller with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. 

Her original arrangement and rendition of the "Trail of Tears Song" can be heard on the Grammy nominated album, "Song of America" produced by the Grammy Award winning producer David Macias, and as a featured singer on the NAMMY award winning album SIIB. She also wrote, performed and produced the Native American rock anthem “I Fly With You” along with the Native American musical staple, “The Greeting Song.” In her musical career she has performed and shared the stage with music greats and rock legends Buffy Sainte-Marie (Oscar Winner for the song "Up Where We Belong"), Bobby Kimball ( lead singer of Toto), Ant Glynne (Rick Wakeman band, Asia and Slash), Teddy Andreadis (Carol King and The Box Masters with Billy Bob Thornton), Butch Taylor (Dave Mathews Band), Johnny Griparic (Slash), Ulali, Indigo Girls, Keith Secola, Barbara McAlister, Van Anh Vo, Du Yun, Raven Chacon, Grady Nichols - and the list goes on. 
Jehnean also sings opera with the renowned Los Angeles-based alternative opera company, The Industry. 
Jehnean has for many years been a Listen For Life artist, performing (along with Naser Musa and LFL founder Donna Stoering) in our cross-cultural LFL Sound Collectors shows for International Peace Day celebrations in years past.  She is also the owner of the Los Angeles-based film company Lighthorsewoman Productions, and co-wrote the award-winning screenplay for the movie RAVE. 
Jehnean says,“One of my greatest joys in life is singing. It is the universal language the world can come together and enjoy.” 
Instagram sites: Jehnean2 and jehnean_washingtonmusic.
FB:  www.facebook.com/jehnean.washington


Stephen Guggenheim, who will be the final solo performer on the special Peace Day program, is that rare breed of tenor who is internationally active in a wide variety of vocal styles and settings, from serving as a Hebrew cantor in renowned Jewish synagogues to starring in musicals and Broadway song cycles, to highly acclaimed performances of leading operatic roles throughout the world.

Stephen was a participant in the Merola Opera Program with the San Francisco Opera where he was awarded an Adler Fellowship His opera career highlights include singing the roles of Tito in La Clemenza di Tito and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the San Francisco Opera, Don Jose in Carmen with L'Opera de Lyon and on tour to Guam and Japan with the San Francisco Opera and Rodolfo in La Boheme with the San Francisco Opera in Japan. Stephen originated the title role in Thea Musgrave's Simon Bolivar with Virginia Opera as well as at Royal Albert Hall in London for the BBC Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony. Other engagements have included singing the roles of Canio in I Pagliacci; Il Duca in Rigoletto (in Minnesota, California and Malta!), Gustavo in Un Ballo in Maschera and the title roles in Werther, Don Carlos and Les Contes des Hoffmann, among many others.

In musical theatre, Stephen was honored as Best Leading Actor by BroadwayWorld.com for his performance as Bill Todson in Thanks for Playing...The Game Show Show! He is a private voice teacher and also serves as Resident Musical Director for a professional live theater production company he owns with his brother, called  Guggenheim Entertainment. Through that company he has an ongoing role as co-director and star of musical theatre productions in repertory at the 3Below Theater in San Jose, California, where his most recent performances and productions there have been in Sondheim on Sondheim, as Moishe/Marvin in The People in the Picture, and as John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Last year he gave 20 performances there in the starring role of A spoonful of Sherman

As an educator, Stephen teaches voice, audition technique, and musical theatre and opera appreciation privately and in musical theatre workshops for community theatres and institutions. He also continues to serve as a Synagogue Cantor whenever possible.

Stephen made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 singing Stephen Paulus’s To Be Certain of The Dawn. Recent performances in Los Angeles involved his singing the role of Mayor Gronam Schmegegi in The MeshugaNutcracker!, an original musical that he co-wrote and co-directed. On screen, he was last seen in over 400 cinemas nationwide when the film version of The MeshugaNutcracker premiered with Fathom Events Films.

Stephen has done several different Notes for Nourishment concerts on both coasts of the USA with LFL founder and Artistic Director, Donna Stoering, raising funds for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Last summer the two of them gave two different NFN programs and a special program on "Jewish music from the Stetl to Broadway", as featured artists within the famed Piccolo Spoleto Festival of Charleston South Carolina.

Follow Stephen Guggenheim on imdb.com, nats.org, FB, and more. 


Sharing the stories of 2 more performers for NFN Peace Day concert on Sept 21

 Allow us to introduce you to two wonderful musicians and human beings, Oud master Naser Musa and cellist Evan Kahn! 

Naser Musa is an Oud master, vocalist, an award-winning composer and a performer on numerous film sound tracks. He and Listen for Life have shared many years and projects together. He performed in the Listen for Life concert at Carnegie Hall produced by LFL founder, concert pianist Donna Stoering, and the two of them also created a cross-cultural performance for a global conference of world religions...Prior to that he performed with an array of LFL artists from various cultures in three Southern California amphitheaters, for our massive Sound Collectors shows which were produced at the request of U.N. organizations in Geneva for previous years' celebrations of International Peace Day. In recent years he has focused much of his time and talents on writing, singing and performing Arabic Christian songs for a global television network. We were so happy that he could be part of this 2020 Peace Day broadcast as well. Here is a more extensive bio off the Internet:

"Naser Musa is recognized as a talented singer, a gifted songwriter, an Oud virtuoso, an award winning composer, and a versatile studio musician. Naser Musa has composed, arranged, and recorded numerous projects in the Middle East and in the United States. His recordings, among others, include "Arabia 3D" sound track: winner of the GSCA award for best score and best sound track of 2010, "Khaliji" (RT Productions): a collection of folk songs from the Arabian Gulf region, and "Christmas and Beyond "(SahaRaneen Productions): a collection of Western Christmas carols and Arabic church hymns. Naser Musa’s name appears on dozens of albums, including contributions on projects for Hollywood with John Debney and John Cameron among others. He has recorded with pop stars Shakira, Beyonce and Michael Sembello. Naser Musa has shared the stage with Lebanese vocalists, Sabah and Ragheb Alame, and Egyptian vocalists, Hani Shaker and Hakim. Naser’s Oud was heard on the soundtrack of the film "The Passion of the Christ" by director Mel Gibson. An active and sought after performer, Naser has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, the United Nations and Chicago’s Symphony Hall. He toured the United States, South America and the Middle East, and he regularly performs with prominent ethnomusicologists Dr. A. J. Racy of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Dr. Scott Marcus of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Mr. Musa was featured as a soloist with the Cairo Orchestra during its 2005 U.S. tour with Grammy award winners Youssou N’Dour, of Senegal and Egyptian producer and arranger Fathy Salama. For the past 5 years Naser has been touring worldwide with highly acclaimed Persian band Niyaz and world renowned singer Azam Ali. The Washington Post described his compositions as “stirring”; the Beirut Times described him as one of the most versatile vocalists and Oud masters of the Middle East; and the Al Qabas newspaper of Kuwait described him as "a talented songwriter with a soothing voice that touches the heart".

A Jordanian of Palestinian decent, Naser Musa started playing Oud, a Middle Eastern lute, and studying Arabic music, at an early age while living in Amman, Jordan. He moved to the United States in 1982 and continued his studies of music at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. His artistic versatility and sense of musical adventure have enabled him to experiment with the blending of different musical elements and artistic styles. Throughout his career, his objective has been to combine Arabic maqams (melodic structures or series of phrases based on Arabic scales), with Western elements in order to present a style of Arabic music that is understood and appreciated by the Western listener. Naser Musa is in great demand as an Oud and vocal instructor, giving lectures at colleges and universities and organizing workshops. For many years now he has been on the faculty at both the Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino, California and the Heartland Seminar of Arabic Music in Racine, Wisconsin. He also represented the Arab world in the World Culture Open in NYC. 

Naser continues his heartfelt work as a peace activist by performing and promoting concerts and presentations with artists from all over the world, He performed his award winning song Salam at the United Nations ‘60th year celebration in 2004."

https://www.youtube.com/user/JANINIMUSIC

https://www.facebook.com/naserjanini

AND to catch a wonderful glimpse of Naser having fun while combining with other cultures in a LFL Sound Collectors show, see:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYQYW2lt20Q

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Cellist Evan Kahn has not performed on a Notes for Nourishment concert before, so the two broadcast times on September 21 will be his NFN debut, but we can promise that he will already be doing another one for us (in chamber music with piano and strings) on our November 15 broadcast! We grabbed this bio off his lovely website (EvanDKahn.com) so check it out: 

Native to Los Angeles, cellist Evan Kahn has been praised as “a cellist deserved of serious listening” for bringing his “electrifying … nuanced and colorful” style to all of his collaborations, from concerti to chamber music to contemporary performances. Intensely passionate about new music and music of non-Western cultures, he has commissioned and premiered over 50 works by composers from around the world, including his father’s Cello Concerto. 

Evan holds principal positions in four orchestras — principal cello in Symphony Silicon Valley, principal cello in Opera San Jose, and assistant principal cello in San Jose Chamber Orchestra and West Bay Opera. As cellist in the Lazuli String Quartet/Sutro Strings, Evan plays in many local chamber music concert series, and is a sought-after quartet and piano trio cellist in the San Francisco Bay Area. His Pittsburgh-based piano trio, Trio Rizi, won the top awards in the Silberman Chamber Music Competition and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition. Evan is also a resident cellist for several Bay Area music collectives and ensembles, such as After Everything, Mythica Foundation, and hip-hop band Ensemble Mik Nawooj.

As a soloist, he has performed with North State Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Veridian Symphony Orchestra, Segah Festival Orchestra, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, and Livermore-Amador Symphony, as well as the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, after winning both institutions’ concerto competitions. In April/May 2018, he served as Artist-in-Residence with Performance Today at NPR, sharing some of his favorite works for cello and his philosophies on music and life. In February 2019, he was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month.

Evan attended Aspen Music Festival on a fellowship, where he studied with Juilliard professor Darrett Adkins and played co-principal in the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra, the Aspen Sinfonia Concertante, and the Aspen Philharmonic as an Orchestral Leadership Fellow. In summer 2016, he served as one of 40 student fellows in the Piatigorsky Cello Festival — fellows hand-picked from conservatories around the world — and in summer 2017, Evan attended the Taos School of Music to work with the Brentano, Borromeo, and Shanghai Quartets. 

Evan received a Master’s in Chamber Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jennifer Culp. He graduated with college and university honors from Carnegie Mellon University, studying with David Premo. Before college, he took lessons with LA Opera principal cellist John Walz and Lyris Quartet cellist Timothy Loo. Other important mentors include Paul Hersh, Thomas Loewenheim, Amos Yang, Ian Swensen, and Bonnie Hampton.

In addition to performing and teaching, Evan enjoys playing board games and watching British television. He plays on a cello by Italian luthier Carlo Carletti, c. 1900, and a bow made for cellist Lynn Harrell by archetier Paul Martin Siefried.

Instagram: evankahnk

Friday, September 18, 2020

Planning ahead? Here are LINKS to access the 2 broadcasts of the NFN PEACE DAY concert!

Our special NFN ONline video concert for International Peace Day will be available worldwide and will have TWO broadcast times, both on Monday September 21st  (local California USA timezone):

Broadcast 1  10am Pacific (Calif USA) :                                                                        https://youtu.be/o5e1g6bfhlg

Broadcast 2:    5pm  Pacific (Calif USA) 

Hope to see you there! 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Introducing 3 of the artists on our free September 21 Peace Day broadcast

 For this Peace Day celebration, we have 7 participating artists representing different cultures and instrumental/vocal traditions, all performing a "musical prayer for peace among all peoples, cultures and faith traditions". Below, we share the brief stories about three of them:

Savita Pereira is a talented young composer, vocalist, pianist, arranger and conductor. She is the composer, arranger and video editor of the new song that you will hear in the September 21 concert - we'll catch a tiny taste of it as background music before the concert begins, and then enjoy the complete composition to close the entire concert. LFL founder Donna Stoering invited Savita to create a piece that would involve all of the instruments, vocal styles and performers on the program, and now this new "Savita's Song" will have its world premiere on Peace Day!                                                                                                               

Savita became a tech and graphics volunteer with LFL and the Notes for Nourishment concerts before she was even in high school! Now she is a double major in both Music (Composition) and Biomedical Engineering, at University of California at Davis. She loves serving as an arranger for the Video Game Orchestra there and is also the lead Music Director/conductor for the premiere South-Asian acappella team, Jhankaar, at UC Davis. Savita has been designing beautiful posters, flyers and social media posts for Notes for Nourishment concerts for many years now (including the one for this Peace Day concert), this is her first involvement in one of the actual concerts.    Social Media:  Savita Pereira on FB 


Faisal Zedan, a sought-after Middle Eastern percussionist, has performed on a variety of Notes for Nourishment concerts throughout the years, and he also performed with Donna Stoering and Naser Musa on a major Listen for Life concert in Carnegie Hall. Faisal was born in Lebanon and raised in southern Syria. He began learning the Derbakki drum at age 15 in his village Oum Dbaib. He first arrived in Southern California USA in December of 1991, and actually began studying Arabic music at that time.  Since then, Faisal has studied the many genres of Arabic music from different Arabic regions. In addition, he learned the different Middle Eastern, Greek, Armenian and Balkan styles and genres of music. He started teaching Arabic drums and music in 1996. Faisal has been an active member of the music community in the San Francisco Bay Area and also has a connection to other music communities in other countries. A popular educator, he teaches online master classes on percussion, he's on the  teaching staff at Middle Eastern music and dance camp in Mendocino, California and he teaches at Bahar Bayram music and dance camp in Brisbane, Australia. Faisal has now performed with many prominent musicians, singers and dancers throughout the U.S.and internationally. 
YouTube channel: faisal zedan percussion
Patreon page: faisal zedan
FaceBook page: faisal zedan 



Faraz Minooei, Iranian santur artisthas also performed many times with Listen for Life festivals and NFN concerts as well. Faraz as born in Tehran and began playing santur at the young age of nine. Faraz received his B.A. from San Francisco State University in 2008 as a Nagle Scholar and the first World/Jazz music major with santur as his primary instrument! As a full-time musician, Faraz is a performer, composer, and teacher. He views studying music as a never-ending mission. In view of that, he has also had the good fortune to study with masters such as M. R. Lotfi, H. Omoumi, Royal Hartigan, Hafez Modirzadeh, Michael Dessen, Kojiro Umezaki and Christopher Dobrian. 

Since 2006, he has lectured and performed at many universities including SFSU, UCI, UCLA, UCSC Stanford University and at the Society of Ethnomusicology. He is the founder of Echomerz Ensemble, and has performed with noted ensembles in the United Sates, among which was his collaboration in 2009 with Yo Yo Ma and Kayhan Kalhor in the Silk Road Ensemble (for the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Center) and the collaboration as a composer and santur player with the film director Bahram Beyzaie for three plays of Jana & BaladourArdaviraf's Report, and Crossroads.

Recipient of numerous scholarships and grants, he earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in music with emphasis in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from the University of California in Irvine. His thesis, "Abstracting" Iranian Classical Music, challenges the traditional practice of Iranian Classical Music to introduce innovative and transformative functions of the music in contemporary society.                                                                          Social Media:  https://www.instagram.com/faraz_minooei/            Website:  www.Farazminooei.com





Catching up & Checking in, + 7 amazing cross-cultural artists on NFN ONline for Peace Day on Sept 21!

We are thinking of each of you, all over the world, and wondering how you are doing. We have heard from many of you telling us how music has played such a significant role in giving you strength, rest, endurance, peace or uplifting of spirits during this time. That knowledge, in turn, keeps us going, so thank you for sharing your experiences and appreciation! 

 The new monthly NFN Online events organized by Josie Chan have already succeeded in raising considerable funds to help a variety of important causes, so we thank those of you who have attended and/or donated, and we are also very grateful to Ms Chan, who does all of this in her "spare minutes" between being a high school senior and a national award-winning pianist and young LFL artist who has appeared on NPR's radio show "From The Top"! 

 Meanwhile, our newest LFL team member, an amazing young violinist and techie guru Pierce Wang (also a high school senior!) has been working daily with Donna, helping her to create and produce our upcoming NFN Online Concert for this month, which is a very special event honoring International Peace Day on September 21st (or on 21st September, for those of you reading this in some parts of the planet). 

 Up until now, the online concerts have actually been Livestreams, with each of the performers joining in live from their home locations. But for this Peace Day celebration, we have 7 participating artists representing different cultures and instrumental/vocal traditions, all performing a "musical prayer for peace among all peoples, cultures and faith traditions". 
Due to timing, locations and logistics issues on the day, this particular program is being produced and edited into a unique video concert which will be broadcast (for FREE) worldwide, twice on Monday, September 21: 

10am Pacific (USA)/18:00 UK/8pm in Kenya or Middle East, etc 

 5pm PST/ 8pm EST (USA) (ie, 10am following day, 22 Sept, in Australia, for example) 

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The exciting program for our special 70-minute broadcast will be hosted by LFL founder/Artistic Director Donna Stoering, and will include some wonderful LFL artists (in this order): 

 ***Jehnean Washington - Native American vocal chant for peace 

 ***Evan Kahn, classical cellist, playing "Hebrew Prayer" by Bloch 

 ***Naser Musa, Palestinian oud master,singer and composer, doing Arab Christian songs for peace

 ***Faraz Minooei, Iranian santour meditation 

 ***Faisal Zedan, Syrian percussionist, demonstrating various Middle Eastern percussion instruments & rhythmic patterns 

 ***Stephen Guggenheim,Jewish Synagogue cantor, opera star and Broadway singer, chanting two Hebrew songs in honor of Peace Day and also amidst Jewish New Year 

 ***Savita Pereira, young Indian-American composer, giving the world premiere of her new song for peace, involving all of the performers/instruments on the program 

 As with all of our NFN concerts, the performers donate of their time and talents to nourish their audience, and they choose a nonprofit that will benefit from any donations collected during or after their concert. 
For the Sept 21 Peace Day event, your (optional) donations made during this broadcast (through our LFL affiliate Flipcause.org) will benefit two wonderful nonprofits working to build peace among people of different cultures/faiths, particularly in the Middle East, and often using music to do it:

Check out the inspiring work of Interfaith Encounter Association - IEA (Interfaith-Encounter.org) and the "Collective Song" project of RebuildingAlliance.org, bringing stringed instrument lessons to a peace-building youth program in the village of Al Aqaba. 

 Please help us to make an even bigger difference for these two organizations, by spreading the word to all of your family, friends, and colleagues, anywhere on the planet - this is their chance to meet some inspiring individuals, and experience some magical moments of music-making, perhaps hearing instruments, rhythms or sound combinations they haven't encountered before. 

 Want more info about the artists? Upcoming blog posts over these next few days will share their stories, so check back here each day! 

You will also need to check the latest blog posts (or our social media pages) to get the YouTube LINK that will access the Peace Day video concert on September 21. 

 And the SPONSOR for this concert will be TravelsWithMusic.com - it provides a wonderful journey to the cultures of the world, with their master musicians as the tour guides. TWM is also an internationally award-winning resource (now FREE ONLINE) for teaching social studies, geography, ELL, and many other subjects, through the universal "hook" of cross-cultural music videos. If you know anyone seeking exciting alternative resources for online learning at the moment, check it out. 


 So - REMEMBER: Mark your calendars or set an alarm on your smartphones for either of our two broadcast times on September 21! see you then! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

NFN LIVE ONline this Sunday, Aug 16: FIVE performers, ONE great cause!

Listen for Life's award-winning monthly Notes for Nourishment series continues Live, ONLINE, during the pandemic. Our next concert is THIS SUNDAY, August 16, @ 1pm PDT (California USA timezone) but you can enjoy it and participate from anywhere in the world. .........                              And that's fitting, because the chosen beneficiary for this month's concert donations, "Our Daughters International", is helping to support, heal, and restore female victims of human trafficking, which is itself a global problem, powerfully impacting the lives of individuals and families in every community. 

Award-winning teenage violinist Pierce Wang, who has performed on previous Notes for Nourishment concerts, has assembled four other young but accomplished classical musicians for this broadcast concert, each performing from their own community. We asked Pierce to share the story of how these 5 musicians came together to benefit this important cause that they chose. (see below, for his response to that question!) 

Meanwhile, for more info on our series, visit NotesForNourishment.org and ListenForLife.org

Please mark your calendar for SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, and plan to join us! 

HERE IS THE LINK TO ATTEND THE CONCERT LIVE, @ 1pm PDT (Calif, USA):

https://youtu.be/7lbau9-IgB0


This is from Pierce Wang, who organized this August 16 concert:

"With the arrival of the pandemic at end of the 2019-20 Spring semester, many were anticipating the unfortunate cancellation of summer camps, resulting in a summer where activities were limited. However, the Heifetz International Music Institute took the opportunity to adapt and explore the virtual world for all it had to offer. Coming from an online school myself, I was excited to explore the possibilities for a summer camp that way as well. Though we students were all very much disappointed about to our inability to congregate on the Mary Baldwin campus as we would have done in previous years, we returned to Heifetz (virtually) because we wanted to make the best of our time during this summer. 
Violinist Eunha Kim was one of the first people I ever met in the Institute. Though we didn't talk much at first, her positive energy was infectious throughout the Heifetz communication classes. I connected with violist Adam Savage through the Chess social circle, and despite my ineptitude in the world of chess, we became good friends. Finally, I met cellist Manou Chakravorty through my chamber music
assignment where she so generously volunteered herself to sub in to our quartet when our previous cellist was unable to participate. 
In this August 16th NFN program, Manou will also be performing alongside one of her close friends, violinist Emily Hauer, who is also an "alum" of the From The Top radio show on NPR. 

Going back to the start of the summer, I knew I wanted to organize a benefit program on the NFN series. However, at the time, I did not know who I was going to invite to perform. Upon meeting these wonderful people and musicians, that choice came with much more ease. I am honored to be joined by each of them in a performance that will support the important work of Our Daughters International, helping to heal and restore the female victims of human trafficking. We all felt strongly about this cause and wanted to donate our efforts to raise both awareness and funds - hopefully worldwide! "