"Beethoven for the Indus Valley" Concert to Benefit Flood Victims Jan. 31 | Playbill

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Classic Arts Features "Beethoven for the Indus Valley" Concert to Benefit Flood Victims Jan. 31 "Beethoven for the Indus Valley," a benefit concert of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, will be held Jan. 31 at Carnegie Hall. Organized and led by Singapore-born Indian conductor George Mathew, evening will support victims of the 2010 Pakistani floods.


Beethoven for the Indus Valley will bring together many of the world's finest orchestral musicians. Principal artists will gather from the New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Emerson Quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and other international orchestras and ensembles; students and faculty of The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and other major music schools. The renowned Dessoff Symphonic Choir, led by Music Director Christopher Shepard will be the chorus.

A quartet of distinguished singers headlined by MET Opera National Council Winner soprano Laquita Mitchell, mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore, tenor Sean Panikkar and bass Morris Robinson will join the assembled forces. Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, will serve as Concertmaster, leading a violin section made up of concertmasters of leading American and international orchestras. Dr. Nafis Sadik, Chairperson of the American Pakistan Foundation and Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund will offer special remarks from the stage.

Speaking about the concert, Mr. Mathew observed, "Beethoven himself makes a musical statement in the Finale of the Ninth Symphony that goes to the heart of our mission with this concert. Writing in an earlier era of tension between East and West, Beethoven uses the music of the Turkish military, music of the Islamic world, to provide stability and indeed possibility for the German (western) setting of the famous Ode to Joy tune. In that moment Beethoven seems to become the voice of a whole civilization in that rare moment of embrace of another civilization. It seems that Beethoven is suggesting that "embracing the spirit of the other, engaging the culture of the Other is probably a more interesting form of interaction that rejecting the OTHER, or being afraid of it, or declaring war on it or deporting it. Two hundred years later, it appears we have still much to learn from this great wise man of music and the world." Mr. Mathew noted, "In gathering together as a community of musicians, listeners and supporters we send a message of solidarity and human support to our fellow human beings in Pakistan who have been so hard hit by these devastating floods in addition to whatever financial support we muster."

For more information, visit www.beethovenfortheindusvalley.org.

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