I am so grateful to be part of this benefit concert for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan on December 7. All proceeds will be donated to the Philippines Relief Efforts. The tickets are sold here.
I will be playing Romance in G major by Beethoven and selections from Suite Italienne by Stravinsky, accompanied by Martin Soderberg. We were on artist-faculty of OPUSFEST 2013 in the Philippines and we felt that we had to do something to help the victims.While at OPUSFEST, We were welcomed with the greatest hospitality and I was amazed with the Filipino children's enthusiasm toward music and improvement. At the same time I saw some under-privileged people there and I would love to help the typhoon victims as much as I can. Unfortunately people tend to forget natural disasters like this unless their friends and families are involved. It already feels like people here have moved on. After a disaster like that, victims need help and donations for a long time ( for example, Japan's tsunami victims from 2011 still need help). I am trying to organize two more benefit concerts for the Philippines, so stay tuned!
I have not met Benjamin Rossen and Elena Diaz-Acosta but I am looking forward to meeting them and hearing them perform.