Thursday, March 26, 2009

Update: 100 Friends Campaign

Greetings Friends!

As many of you know, the departure date of our 2009 UNICEF Peace tour is fast approaching! As you probably would expect, there is so much work to do. Fortunately, things have been rolling right along. We are close to finalizing all of our tour dates and accommodations, and most of our promotional and concert materials have been digitally transmitted to Indonesia!

I bet you are sitting there, thinking, "Well they are just about on their way; Nothing more for me to do." Well, I have news for you. There is plenty for you to still do!

1. If you are on Facebook, head over to the Friends of the Swara Sonora Trio page and become a fan. (This is free!)

2. If you are interested in helping us help the youth of Indonesia, and can put off seeing the new Pixar film this week, visit our 100 Friends page, and make a $10 (or more) donation. Who needs your $10 more? (This is not free, but will bring you good luck.)

3. If you want to hear some great music (and live in Arizona or have the means to get here), come see us at one of our upcoming concerts. The Dates are May 9th and July 17th. Mark your calendars, details are coming!!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Possible programs for UNICEF PEACE TOUR 2009

We are going to perform at the Erasmus Huis Concert Hall (The Dutch Cultural Center
at the center of town, in Jakarta, near all of the Embassies and International expats).
Yayasan Musik Internasional (International Music Foundation of Jakarta) is our
generous host for the concert event. We will also perform master classes for this
organization, and possibly doing some outreach events.

This concert / tour will be a "UNICEF Peace Tour 2009": meaning, we will give
the proceeds directly towards UNICEF Indonesia, to foster relationship and friendship
between different countries and culture, and to help each other around the world.

For the program..... hmmm... FOR SURE, we will finally bring Ananda Sukarlan's
"Love and Variations" for soprano, baritone, and piano (written for us, Swara Sonora
trio a year ago). We were brainstorming for music and thematic possibilities, especially
for the soprano-baritone-piano combination.

We'll have a suite by Virgil Thompson (American composer), Joaquin Rodrigo (Spanish), some
Broadway Musicals / tunes of Bernstein, Rogers-Hammerstein, etc. and of course
glorious art songs of Schubert, Purcell, etc. etc.

We have not found a piece by a French composer. Hopefully some Poulenc, maybe?
Kathryn and Nathan mentioned in our meeting today that there might be some interesting
pieces by Poulenc for the soprano-baritone-piano combination.

We're still thinking about all the possibilities, so keep in tune with our progress!!
Additionally, there might be a surprise in terms of concert paraphrase... on some
"local" melodies.

We are on our way for UNICEF Peace Tour!!

Hello friends:

We, Swara Sonora Trio, met today and finalized lots of our plans to go to Indonesia this summer. We've got some dates prepared, and our first major concert will be in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday night, August 6th, 2009.

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. It is a big, busy, sprawling metropolitan and has lots of exciting musical and cultural activities (of course, businesses is the main activity). It actually has several boroughs / areas, just like New York City.