Thank you so much to everyone who came to last night's concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
. It was a smashing success! I treasured the presence of every single person who came...the love and support in the room were palpable, and I cannot thank you enough.
I have updated the donors
page of my website to reflect all the generous donations. All of the donors have helped make MFTP a reality, not just another idealistic dream.
I would like to mention a couple in-kind donations. My beloved former teacher, Mimi Zweig
, gave me a list of French terms that one can use in a violin masterclass situation. This will be invaluable to me in Tunis, where I will give four days of classes to teenagers who may not speak any English. I was also deeply touched by Steve Healey's gift. His 9-year-old daughter Anna is currently fighting neuroblastoma, a rare and deadly childhood cancer. My brother Theodore
and I performed for her in 2002 at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City. That same year, a series of wristbands (bearing Anna's name) was created to help find a cure. You can read more about these wristbands here
. Mr. Healey gave me one with the request that I wear it abroad. I will wear it with pride.
Dr. Everold Hosein, the man without whom MFTP would simply not exist, gave a fascinating speech about the problems facing Moldova, and how my efforts there will fit into UNICEF's overall campaign. Today, Nicoleta Bodrug sent me an e-mail with even more details about this. You can read about the big concert in Chisinau here
Karl Zemlin of Cheap Tracks
generously volunteered his time to record the concert. You can buy a copy of the CD here
. John Cote
took some fine pictures
, one of which will be used for the CD cover.
Thank you to Barbara Hosein and Susan Ham for helping my mother with the reception.
As always, my mom prepared a fabulous reception, my father's help was invaluable, and my brother Theodore
drove all the way from Charlotte, North Carolina, for the recital. I cannot describe how much the support and loyalty of my family means to me.