"I had such a difficult day and the music helped me find peace of mind." From a resident
"I was overwhelmed." From an audience member, after hearing Daniel Sabzghabaei's stunning "...this blue of my land" for soprano and viola
"We just love these concerts and try to attend every one!" From a parent
“I didn’t think there was life outside of drugs, but your music made me realize that there is more to life that just getting high.” -from a Baltimore Station resident
"It completely blew me away!" from a resident at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women
from a resident at The Baltimore Station
"My child had such a wonderful time today!"
From a parent
"Thank you. It was most excellent. It is good to be reminded that there are still things in life worth living for." From a resident at The Baltimore Station
"It was so amazing!" From a Hope Lodge resident
"I didn't know a violin could do that!" exclaimed an audience member.
From a parent: "Thank you so much for these concerts! We love them and they are SO IMPORTANT for our children."
Many thanks to Brian at Bill's Music!
"It was such a boost...truly food for our souls. We need THIS kind of treatment as well!"
From a Hope Lodge resident
"They are absolutely amazing!" From a resident
Pictured, left to right: Gu Wei with TRIO JINX: Ledah Finck, Yoshiaki Horiguchi, Louna Dekker-Vargas
The trio’s programs (with the exception of Gu Wei’s commissioned piece) were all performed completely from memory! The trio connected so intimately with the audience both during and after the concert that the residents didn’t want them to leave!
While warming up at The Baltimore Station, Trio Jinx chatted with two men who told them that they enjoyed improvising. And to everyone’s surprise, the trio invited the men up to improvise with them during one of the pieces. “Absolutely amazing!” was how one man described the concert. When we said, “See you at the next concert in January!” he said, “Do we really have to wait that long for the next one?” Special homemade cookies- all the way from Chevy Chase- were provided by Demetra Lambros.
After a beautiful performance of music by Schumann, Beethoven, Messiaen, Faure and Dvorak, several women expressed that they loved the sound of the cello so much that they wanted to learn how to play it!
The Duo enjoyed a fun and spirited evening with veterans. One of the men described the evening as “total magic.” Michael Kannen considers this venue “one of my favorite places to play-anywhere!”
The Duo chose a program of stunningly beautiful music by Beethoven, Messiaen, Fauréand Dvorák. The residents spoke of how the music “transported them to another world” and how uplifting and healing it was. It was a truly beautiful evening.
There was a lot of joyous dancing and the children enjoyed "petting" the instruments with the Sinfonia members (pictured: Carrie Jones, violist and one of the Sinfonia directors).
You could hear a pin drop during the many dramatic silences during the Beethoven. And after the concert, a woman in tears said, “That third piece (Beethoven Grosso Fuge) made me cry so badly that I had to leave for a few minutes. I felt my life flashing before my eyes- anger, sadness, joy- everything.”
The women were so grateful for the fact that the quartet had come to MCIW and thanked them countless times for coming. One woman summed it up beautifully when she said, “Thank you for bringing grace and serenity to our community.”
The program also included music by Dohnanyi, the Beatles, Otis Redding, Pharell Williams, Carlos Gardel and their signature ending, Amaing Grace. It was an evening filled with joy, fun and curiosity!
This was an evening with many tears and hugs!
From the Hope Lodge:
You have truly outdone yourselves. Every time you perform at Hope Lodge, your music actually touches our souls. Your beautiful music brought tears to our eyes. Thank you for the beautiful performance and desserts. The attendance may be small, but the appreciation is mighty. Your generosity and support will impact lives in ways you can never imagine. Your dedication has inspired and empowered us all. We certainly hope this will not be your last visit.
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