Friends of Music Education for Haiti presents The Big Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano

A Benefit Concert to help build Haiti’s First Performing Arts Center for Children
University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. September 22, 2012. 8:00 p.m.

Friends of Music Education for Haiti, Inc. presents a benefit concert on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at the Gusman Hall located in the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. The concert will feature violinist, Victoria Joseph, and pianist, Natasha Stojanovska who will perform the violin and piano repertoire’s top three sonatas: Edvard Grieg’s Sonata No. 2 in G, Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A, and Richard Strauss’s Sonata in E-Flat.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.friendsofmusicforhaiti.org. All proceeds from this concert will go towards Friends of Music Education for Haiti’s initiatives to build Haiti’s first professional music conservatory and performing arts center for children. Romel Joseph, the Juilliard-trained Haitian violinist who survived the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, is the Executive Director of Friends of Music Education for Haiti. His remarkable ordeal captivated audiences around the world through numerous media reports in the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, London Times, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, BBC, and CNN. Legendary musician, Stevie Wonder, honored Mr. Joseph by presenting him with his personal keyboard during a live interview on CNN.

Victoria Joseph began her violin studies at the age of three with her father, Romel Joseph. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Performance from the University of Miami and has performed with a number of local music organizations. Ms. Joseph is currently involved with Walenstein Musical Organization, Walenstein Symphony Orchestra, The New Victorian School, and Friends of Music Education for Haiti.

Natasha Stojanovska began her piano studies at the age of eight. She received her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Lynn University. Ms. Stojanovska has performed and won many awards and competitions in the US and abroad. She is currently obtaining her Master’s in Piano Performance at Indiana University.

Friends of Music Education for Haiti, Inc., a non-for-profit organization, was created by Romel Joseph in light of the complete destruction of The New Victorian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the January 12, 2010, earthquake with renewed
energy and a new dream – to expand the music section of The New Victorian School into the creation of the first Haiti Performing Arts Center as his legacy to Haiti. FMEH will contribute to the development of music education and performance opportunities for the children, youth, and interested adults of Haiti. It will also help initiate musical training in all private and public schools throughout the country, explore Haiti’s rich traditional music, and manage the construction of the new Haiti Performing Arts Center.

University of Miami’s Gusman Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
786.288.6159
www.friendsofmusicforhaiti.org

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