Please help us raise our Stretch Goal of $7,500. The additional funds will put instruments, music supplies, and the magic of music instruction directly into the hands of the young people at Za’atari camp. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our first 40 faithful backers who have given this project wings and to our friends in the musical community who have donated materials, strings, reeds, and given us discounts on instruments, books, and teaching materials! Thank you also to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for featuring us in their "Stories"!
With your contribution, your presence, and your concern, you will be part of this special effort to embrace the young people of Syria, who have already suffered so much, in our global circle of caring through the gift and joy of music. Your pledge today will be an investment in a new future of hope and healing for the Children of Syria!
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On January 13th, at Carnegie Hall, Music for Life International presented our most recent global humanitarian concert “Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,” for the refugee children of Syria, their families, and communities. At this concert, we made a promise to an audience of more than 1,500 people that we would bring the hope and healing power of music to the Children of Syria in person with a small group gathered from the vast community on stage that evening, 128 musicians from 26 countries and 73 orchestras, ensembles and academies.
Now, with your help, we are poised to fulfill that promise. It is one thing to do a concert in beautiful Carnegie Hall for people in need in a distant land. It is another thing to actually show up in person.
This month, we will bring a string quartet of amazing musicians from major orchestras and festivals
- Mary Ann Mumm, Violin, MET Orchestra (former)
- Deborah Greitzer, Violin, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
- Craig Mumm, Associate Principal Viola, MET Orchestra
- Rosanna Butterfield, Cello Fellow, New World Symphony "America's Orchestral Academy" and Verbier Festival Orchestra
to Jordan where they will generously share their artistry in a week-long string quartet residency from August 20-27 for young people and their families at Za’atari Refugee Camp, the largest Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan and the second largest refugee camp in the world.
We will be performing the music of Shostakovich, Borodin and Haydn. We are also honored to present the music of Syrian composer and Tufts University faculty member, Kareem Roustom, with a special piece for this project. Our residency – a partnership with Questscope, a visionary non-profit organization dedicated to creating social, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities for marginalized youth, and the world renowned Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University – will also include music education activities for the youth and children at Za’atari camp.
THE ROAD TO ZA'ATARI CAMP
The good news is that with the generous support of the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Fund from Tufts University's Institute for Global Leadership and our longtime friends George Landegger and Parsons & Whittemore Inc., we have already raised $15,000 of the $20,000 we need for travel, housing, and local expenses. You can get us over the final stretch to the finish line in these next few weeks.
- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra "Stories" Music in Za'atari by Ricky O'Bannon (August 17, 2014)
Our previous Children of Syria efforts have been covered by the global media and a major US television network will be accompanying the quartet to cover this residency
- The New York Times The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next, 'Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,'
- BBC World News Syria civil war: Kinan Azmeh's Every Morning, A Sad Morning
- BBC Radio Shostakovich for the Children of Syria
- Voice of America TV "On the Line"
- The Buffalo News 3 BPO musicians playing tonight in Carnegie Hall charity orchestra
- CBC Radio-Canada Syrian Children Concert (segment at 15’)
- AMHERST magazine Listening to War
- La Prensa Panama “Repertorio de paz por Siria” & “Música para curar”
- Times Square Chronicles “Year for the Children of Syria” Video & Article from April 2013 Launch
Risks and challenges
We have had tremendous success with our series of global humanitarian concerts at Carnegie Hall over the last eight years, but this is a very different kind of undertaking with a whole new array of issues, problems and complexities to navigate. These include the logistics of international travel, different nationalities, language, and culture.
We have already had to reschedule this residency owing to other projects that we and our partners were handling. We are almost ten years old and this sort of recalibration is familiar territory. We are also well into the preparations for our next major global humanitarian effort "THE SCHEHERAZADE INITIATIVE: Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls Facing Violence". It is certainly a challenge to have multiple projects moving simultaneously.
A vast refugee camp in the Jordanian desert is a different kind of performing venue from the most prestigious stage in the world, Carnegie Hall, with its amenities, where our previous efforts been located. We are bringing music and healing, we hope, to a community that is only a few dozen miles away from the horrific realities of war in a region that is tense with many different kinds of conflict. The landscape shifts not only daily, but sometime by the hour. Our Artistic Director George Mathew has made two trips to Jordan in preparation for this project, and our staff have ensured that we are prepared for any wrinkles that may arise.
We have handled the bumps as they have appeared and even thrived with the challenges, which have actually helped us to look at ourselves and our work with new eyes and ears. And it is all opening new doors and possibilities as we go about the business of creating transformative social impact through music.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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