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The Manhattan String Quartet produces a Chamber Music Festival and Institute in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

We are totally passionate about classical chamber music.

 To be a musician involved in a performance of one of the great pieces from this art form is to be engaged at a tremendously high degree – all ones senses are at peak levels, you are concentrating like never before, relying on your hours and years of preparation to leave the mundane and try to rise to the genius of the composer, to speak his or her thoughts, to be the music.

And when all the elements come together – the hall is great, the piece is fabulous, the performance is going well and the audience is with you on every note – eureka -  everyone is involved in the communal creation and enjoyment of beauty!

It is this passion that we bring to the Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival and Institute. We will have eight concerts in the nine day festival, a chamber music institute for young musicians from the Balkans and beyond, and the world premiere of a new String Quartet written for the festival by American composer Eric Moe.

We are thrilled to have so many world class musicians coming to Sarajevo and excited to be able to perform there for these people who value music so much.  The response in student registrations has been overwhelming. Since I made the video above more applications have come in and we now have 45 young violinists, violists, cellists and pianists from Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and the United States eager to participate in these nine days of complete chamber music immersion.

 We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to establish a Chamber Music Festival in this beautiful European capital, to bring music to a country still healing from its recent conflict and to perform for a people who have so clearly demonstrated that, in their lives, music is not only a luxury, but a necessity.

 We appeal to the Kickstarter community to enable us to share this passion with the people of Sarajevo.

To learn more about SCMF visit our website: sarajevochambermusicfestival.org

Mission

The aims of the Festival are four fold: to present world class chamber music concerts in Sarajevo, to foster collaborations between musical artists of diverse societies, to establish a chamber music institute where young musicians can come and immerse themselves in this great art, and to assist the Music Academy of Sarajevo in regaining its pre-war stature.  It is our hope that in years to come Sarajevo and this Festival will be seen as a center for chamber music, offering a place where people can enrich and enlighten themselves through the study and enjoyment of this fabulous art form.

 The Manhattan String Quartet is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by Federal law.

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    We will mail you a postcard of thanks from the Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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    We'll send you a signed Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival (SCMF) program booklet plus the postcard above. (International friends - please add $5 for shipping)

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    'Best of the Fest' - receive a CD of the best live performances from SCMF 2012 plus the postcard and Festival booklet. (International friends - please add $10 for shipping)

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    get a fabulous SCMF tee shirt (tell us your size) to wear while admiring all the items above.(postcard, Festival booklet, CD) (International friends - please add $15 for shipping)

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    You will receive a personalized certificate of appreciation from the Sarajevo Academy of Music in addition to the postcard, Festival booklet, CD and tee shirt.. (International friends - please add $15 for shipping)

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    We will send you a signed photo, made out to you, of the Manhattan String Quartet in Sarajevo with the students of the SCMF Chamber Music Institute. Plus everything above! (International friends - please add $15 for shipping)

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    You will need sustenance when reading the postcard and program booklet, admiring the photo and the certificate of appreciation and trying on the tee shirt while listening to the CD - so - we'll send you a jar of Finckel's famous homemade hot fudge sauce! (International friends - please add $25 for shipping)

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    We will mail you a personalized poster from the 2012 Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival and Institute signed by all festival artists and students, plus the postcard from Sarajevo, a signed program booklet, a CD 'Best of the Fest', a SCMF tee shirt, the certificate of appreciation, a signed photo and a jar of homemade hot fudge sauce. (International friends - please add $35 for shipping)

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    Receive 4 tickets to any Manhattan String Quartet concert (travel not included) and join us for a drink afterward, we'd love to meet you! Also included the SCMF Friends Package (a postcard from Sarajevo, a program booklet, a CD 'Best of the Fest', a tee shirt, a signed photo of MSQ, a certificate of appreciation from the Sarajevo Academy of Music and a jar of our homemade hot fudge sauce) (International friends - please add $35 for shipping)

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    Tips of the trade! Hone your already impressive technique with two private lessons (violin, viola or cello) with a member of the Manhattan String Quartet (MSQ), NYC area or by Skype. Also included the SCMF Friends Package (a postcard from Sarajevo, a program booklet, a CD 'Best of the Fest', a tee shirt, a signed photo of MSQ, a certificate of appreciation from the Sarajevo Academy of Music and a jar of our homemade hot fudge sauce!)

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    Treat your chamber ensemble to a coaching by a member of the Manhattan Quartet, NYC area or by Skype Also included the SCMF Friends Package (a postcard from Sarajevo, a program booklet, a CD 'Best of the Fest', a tee shirt, a signed photo of MSQ, a certificate of appreciation from the Sarajevo Academy of Music and a jar of our homemade hot fudge sauce!) (International friends - please add $35 for shipping)

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    A Balkan BBQ! A fabulous feast of Balkan delicacies for up to 8 people prepared by MSQ cellist and SCMF co-director Chris Finckel. Come have a meal with members of the MSQ! (definitely not for vegetarians) (NYC area only) Also included the SCMF Friends Package (a postcard from Sarajevo, a program booklet, a CD 'Best of the Fest', a tee shirt, a signed photo of MSQ, a certificate of appreciation from the Sarajevo Academy of Music and a jar of our homemade hot fudge sauce!)

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    Enjoy a lieder recital in your home by baritone Benjamin Bloomfield. Invite your friends and treat them to an exquisite concert of art songs by this engaging young singer. (NYC area only, piano required) Also included the SCMF Friends Package (a postcard from Sarajevo, a program booklet, a CD 'Best of the Fest', a tee shirt, a signed photo of MSQ, a certificate of appreciation from the Sarajevo Academy of Music and a jar of our homemade hot fudge sauce!)

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    Ever imagined a performance of a Bach Cello Suite in your home? Cellist Chris Finckel will play one for you alone or with all your friends and family. (NYC area only) Also included the SCMF Friends Package (a postcard from Sarajevo, a program booklet, a CD 'Best of the Fest', a tee shirt, a signed photo of MSQ, a certificate of appreciation from the Sarajevo Academy of Music and a jar of our homemade hot fudge sauce!)

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    Experience the beauty and intimacy of a String Quartet concert in your home, or at a function of your choice. The Manhattan Quartet will perform for you and yours in a program tailored for your event. If you have special loves in the string quartet literature let us know and we'll try to program it! (NYC area only) Also included the SCMF Friends Package (a postcard from Sarajevo, a program booklet, a CD 'Best of the Fest', a tee shirt, a signed photo of MSQ, a certificate of appreciation from the Sarajevo Academy of Music and a jar of our homemade hot fudge sauce!)

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    To be a true partner in the SCMF you need to come join us in Sarajevo for the Festival! Included will be five nights at the exclusive Hotel Europe in Sarajevo for two people (double room), registration in our SCMF Tour program (guided tours of Sarajevo's cultural highlights, trip to Mostar, etc.) VIP seating at SCMF concerts, Gala dinner with festival artists and friends, and as many tee shirts as you want! See our website, sarajevochambermusicfestival.org for details of the Tour Program. (travel not included)

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