03. October 2013 · Comments Off on Something Uplifting for a Change · Categories: Read Online

(Well, of course the Youth Symphony I just posted was uplifting … at least to me … but how about a major symphony orchestra now …

Although she was born in Indiana, Tatjana Chamis, the associate principal violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, spent much of her early years in Germany, learning English, French and German from her parents and peers. When, at age 10, her family moved to Utah, the young polyglot became mute, embarrassed by her accent when she spoke English.
And so music became her language.
“That completely became my voice,” Ms. Chamis said. “I can express anything with viola.”
Many PSO musicians point to a teacher, a school program or a concert that piqued their interest in music when they were children. And now, as budgets for music education are slashed across the country, the players are giving back.
They have established the PSO Musicians Care Fund, which is held by The Pittsburgh Foundation and will allow local schools and organizations to apply for funding for music education projects, such as instrument repairs, scholarships and related programming.
To raise money for the fund, roughly 65 to 70 PSO musicians — as many as can fit — will give a concert Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. Carnegie Mellon University graduate and Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart will conduct.


If you are in the neighborhood I hope you’ll support this cause!

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