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Love Letter To Haiti

Andrew Cyr, a Fort Kent native and graduate of Bates College, organized “Love Letter To Haiti,” a chamber concert on Valentine’s Day in New York City to benefit Partners in Health. 

“Love Letter to Haiti”  featured over two dozen musicians.  The soloists who performed included: Ashley Bathgate, cello; Sarah Beaty, clarinet; Misha Bouvier, baritone; Rachel Calin, bass; Layla Claire, soprano; Rachel Drehmann, horn; Akimi Fukuhara, piano; Jonathan Greenburg, trombone; Conor Hanick, piano; Dane Johansen, cello;  Bridget Kibbey, harp; Taka Kigawa, piano; Kristin Lee, violin; Sean Lee, violin; Britton Matthews, percussion; Matt McDonald, trombone; Edvinas Minkstimas, piano; Guillaume Molko, violin;  Paul Murphey, trumpet; Anna Polonsky, piano;  Yannick Rafalimanana, piano; Gregorio Robino, cello; Lance Suzuki, flute T-rio (de) La Plata; Avenue 9 Trio.

A whole range of musical works were performed at the “Love Letter To Haiti” event including selections by Bach, Bowles, Debussy, Brahms, Chopin, Piazzolla, Rachmoninoff and Ravel, as well as works by Metropolis  Ensemble composers Ryan Francis and Adam  Schoenberg.  Special music was composed for the occasion by David Bruce.  Beautifully illustrated t-shirts by artist Jennifer Salomon were sold.  Metropolis Ensemble also donated the proceeds from their new album, “Avner Doeman’s Concertos.”

100% of ticket proceeds from the concert ($6, 630) benefitted Partners In Health.  To learn more about the work that Partners in Health has done in Haiti for over twenty-five years, access their website at:   www.standwithhaiti.org

This event was sponsored by (le) Poisson Rouge.  LPR is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate.  Ticketing fees for this benefit were generously waived courtesy of  InTicketing.

Metropolis Ensemble is a nonprofit professional chamber orchestra “dedicated to emerging the next generation of performers and composers.”  Learn more by accessing their website:  www.metropolisensemble.org