In these times when we hear so much about how "self-centered" and
insensitive young people have become, I thought you might like to hear
about a young trio who literally have their act together.
On Sunday, June 24th, the Miraflores Trio presented a benefit concert
at the Norton Building in Lockport. Proceeds from the concert were
donated to the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund http://www.nomrf.org.
The Miraflores Trio consists of Juilliard School graduates Theresa Kim,
piano; Yumi Cho, violin and Sarah Koo, cello. They performed a concert
which included the Mozart: Piano Trio No. 5, Debussy: Claire deLune,
Andre Prevost: Improvisation for Solo Violin, Paganini: Variations on
One String for Cello and Piano, Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C
minor and the Intermezzo from 'Cavalleria rusticana' by Mascagni.
The Miraflores Trio, a dynamic young piano trio formerly called 'Trio
West', was recently called 'stunning' by The Santa Barbara Independent,
which also stated that 'they would have bowled us over [with] whatever
they played.' Pianist Theresa Kim, violinist Yumi Cho, and cellist Sarah
Koo, all graduates of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City
began playing together as a trio at the Music Academy of the West. The
trio's first performance in Santa Barbara was met with great success,
and audiences pressed to hear more performances of the three young ladies.
The Trio's summer tour includes performances in New York, Chicago, and
The Miraflores Trio provided an exceptional performance to an
appreciative audience of over (100) people in the loft of the historic
Norton Building in Lockport as part of the ongoing Norton Building Concert
Series. The concert was followed by a 'New Orleans style dinner' at the
famous Tallgrass restaurant, which also donated part of the evening's
revenues to the NOMRF. Representatives from the New Orleans Musicians
Relief Fund were on hand to accept the donations and speak about the
continuing plight of musicians from New Orleans who have lost their
employment and in many cases their instruments.
Ultimately, this event raised a total of $3248 for the New Orleans
musicians. Not a great amount considering the New Orleans destruction,
but still, a significant contribution by the three young ladies who
performed this concert gratis.
Incidentally, part of the motivation for this concert was a recent New
York Times article which stated that of the approximately $1.4 billion
dollars which was pledged from foreign individuals and charities for New
Orleans after the hurricane, in two years only 17% has actually been
dispensed by the government. The existing government agencies have
refused to transfer foreign funds to the Salvation Army or the American
Red Cross and funding is at risk of being lost because the Feds can't
decide on who it should go to after (2) years! Please keep this in mind
the next time you vote.
Happy Fourth of July!
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