On Thursday,April 25, 2013, Music for Life International held a Reception and Chamber Music Concert for The Children of Syria. This event launched the “Year for the Children of Syria“, which is dedicated to the plight of children and young people who are so massively affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.
This event was one of 15 taking place around the world throughout 2013 and culminating in “Shostakovich for The Children of Syria,” a benefit performance of Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony “Leningrad” at Carnegie Hall on January 13, 2014.
The Reception and concert was hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations and H.E. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent representative, at the Liechtenstein Residence in New York City.
The evening included remarks by H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, Catherine M. Cahill, President, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, and George Mathew, Artistic Director, Music For Life International.
The chamber music performance that followed, featured former New York Philharmonic Associated Principal Cellist, Alan Stepansky; Smithsonian Institution Resident Artist and Hesperus Ensemble Pianist and composer, Mark Kuss; distinguished Syrian soloist and former West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Principal Clarinet and composer, Kinan Azmeh; and George Mathew, pianist and Artistic Director, Music for Life International.