Music For Myan­mar re­turns with clas­sic twist

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - NAN­DAR AUNG nan­da­raung@mm­times.com

IN 2015, they brought a suave crooner from Italy to sing swing dance music. This year, they’re turn­ing back the clocks even fur­ther. For­get the be­bop of the mid-20th cen­tury – Music for Myan­mar is throw­ing it back to the clas­si­cal era.

With in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers Héloïse Geoghe­gan, a clas­si­cal vi­olin­ist from Ire­land, and Giuseppe An­daloro, a clas­si­cal pi­anist from Italy, the Novem­ber 22 show prom­ises to be a unique take on one of the year’s biggest fundrais­ers.

The an­nual event sup­ports Link for Aid, a non-profit that seeks to serve un­der­priv­i­leged youth in the Yan­gon area through projects such as Parami Or­phan­age in Dala, Mary Chap­man School for the Deaf and Nawarat Monas­tic School in Shwe Pyi Tar.

Through a part­ner­ship with Cha­trium Ho­tel, Link for Aid has held the Music for Myan­mar con­cert for the past two years. This third edi­tion will show­case the two in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians per­form­ing pieces by com­posers such as Tchaikovsky, Bar­tok, Mozart and Pi­az­zolla, as well as an ensem­ble per­for­mance with lo­cal singer Chan Chan.

“Music is a univer­sal lan­guage and so it speaks to all peo­ple,” Pamela McCourt Francescone, the Link for Aid founder, told The Myan­mar Times. “Music for Myan­mar has be­come an im­por­tant fix­ture on the Yan­gon cal­en­dar and it is much ap­pre­ci­ated by lo­cal and for­eign res­i­dents.”

Last year’s event brought Ital­ian singer Mat­teo Setti to Yan­gon, where he charmed guests at Cha­trium Ho­tel, but this year’s per­form­ers look to bring a clas­si­cal air to the Golden Land. An­daloro has won com­pe­ti­tions around the world, in­clud­ing the Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Piano Com­pe­ti­tion in 2008, and was as­signed to teach at Giuseppe Ni­col­ini Con­ser­va­tory of Music in 2013. He is joined by Geoghe­gan, who ex­ploded onto the in­ter­na­tional scene at age 16 with a record­ing of Sain­tSaens’ vi­o­lin con­certo No 3. Since then, she’s per­formed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Wig­more Hall in Lon­don as well as other venues around the world.

Gen­eral man­ager May Myat Mon Win said the star power is wel­come, but the point of the en­ter­tain­ment is what mat­ters most.

“We con­tin­u­ously sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren in Myan­mar and we hope that thanks to our con­tri­bu­tion, so many chil­dren will be able to ful­fill their dreams and live a full and re­ward­ing life,” she said.

The event be­gins at 6:30pm on Novem­ber 22 at the Cha­trium Ho­tel and will in­clude din­ner, a fash­ion show, an auc­tion for tick­ets to a lux­ury river cruise and air­line fare, and a raf­fle with more than US$3000 in prizes.

Tick­ets cost US$70 and in­clude din­ner, free-flow wine, beer and soft drinks. To pre-book your seat, con­tact tick­ets@mu­sic­formyan­mar.com. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at the Music for Myan­mar web­site.

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