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March 21, 2011

Hilary Hahn to present benefit in Baltimore for Japanese relief efforts

When Hilary Hahn learned that her concert tour of Japan had been canceled due to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the violinist started planning a benefit in aid of those affected by the twin disaster. That benefit will be in Baltimore, where Hahn grew up.

She will be joined in the concert Thursday by singer/songwriter Caleb Stine, violinist Yuka Kubota, pianist Yoshie Kubota, Baltimore School for the Arts students Tariq Al- Sabir and Robert Pate, and Suzuki students from the Peabody Preparatory. There will also be appearances by author Lia Purpura and historian Constantine Vaporis.

All proceeds from the event, including the sale of art, jewelry and more by Baltimore area artisans, will benefit Direct Relief International’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund.

More info on the event is at the end of this post. First, here are excerpts from Hahn's statement:

I had been looking forward to performing in Japan: the country is unlike any other, and the audiences are dedicated and love music so much, and it is always a pleasure to play for them ... I first went to Japan when I was a teenager and have returned nearly every year since. I truly believe that music and art can contribute to society – whether in the course of daily life or in the background of catastrophe.

My first thought, when I was trying to figure out what to do with the time I was supposed to spend in Japan, was to organize a fundraiser: instead of playing in Japan this month, I could play for Japan. I grew up in Baltimore so wanted to return to present a community-based benefit concert in this city. And Baltimore really came together for this event. It was so rewarding to hear, “yes, what can we do to help?” from everyone I called to ask to participate on March 24. I am grateful to Red Emma’s for donating their 2640 Space for this evening and to everyone involved for being so generous with their time and work. We hope to be able to make a difference and show our support to the recovery process ...

The benefit will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the 2640 Space - St. John’s of Baltimore, 2640 Saint Paul St. Tickets are $20-$50, available in advance at Red Emma's Bookstore, 800 St. Paul St. and with cash at the door.


Posted by Tim Smith at 6:23 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Clef Notes, Drama Queens


You go girl!

Be there or be square. Hillary is a treasure. If she plays Bach's Chacconne
for solo violin I'll write her a check for $500.
I saw her play it a few years ago at a benefit for a German church in Baltimore and time stood still. Absolutely transcendent.

What a great offer. I hope it works out. TIM

Dear. Miss Hahn

I remember the day I announced the idea for your charity in the United States. The day I reported that your friend was an earthquake of the town. Unfortunately, your CD he did not have. I have him Samuel Barber "Adagio for Strings" to the story of your "barber & mayer" talked about the CD. Childhood in Baltimore's baseball stadium, with your big headphones, under the blue sky, it was listening to classical music. I said to him "I want to someday settle down slowly and listen to children in the town of her violin music"
Yabuki town is the county town of Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture. A small town called marginal settlements. So, a small town slow progress of reconstruction work can be material.
I live in a place away from the earthquake. I have the audio amplifier and speakers in the town, and your CD is sent.
The sky might have blown radioactive, at least your kids want to listen to the CD. You want to eat first. You want a place to live first. But when I think that what we need art. If you'd messages from. Japan ę„Renaku you can, please carry the message to children in Japan in the future.
Thank you.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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