Music For Myanmar returns with classic twist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at the Music for Myanmar website.