The Scheherazade Initiative comes to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

On Wednesday, October 7, immediately following morning prayer in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Music for Life International artists, George Mathew and Mark Kuss, will present a window into music as fertile ground at the junction of community, action, and the sacred.  They will perform musical excerpts with commentary from the upcoming Scheherazade Initiative concert to be held at Carnegie Hall. All are welcome. The Scheherazade Initiative: Celebrating the Resilience of Women & Girls in the Face of Violence

On Monday, October 19th at 8 PM at Carnegie Hall, Music for Life International presents an all-Scheherazade concert Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Face of Violence. Composers Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov were inspired by Scheherazade, the narrator of One Thousand and One Nights, who neutralized violence against herself and enriched global folklore for centuries. The Scheherazade Initiative is a partnership with the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women to raise funds and public awareness for some of the world’s most catalytic, innovative, and promising approaches to eliminating gender-based violence.

This concert will be conducted and organized by George Mathew, husband of GTS student Bowie Snodgrass.  For tickets, please see: www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2015/10/19/0800/PM/The-Scheherazade-Initiative/ A student discount is available at the Box Office.

Opening Remarks by Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women George Mathew, Conductor and Artistic Director Elmira Darvarova, Violin (Former Concertmaster, MET Orchestra) Robert Langevin, Flute (Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic) Susanne Mentzer, Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Kay, Spoken Word Poet Musicians from the New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and many others

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For more information about the Scheherazade Initiative, please visit: www.ScheherazadeInitiative.org