Former United States Artistic Ambassadors Andrew Mark, cello, and Brenda Moore Miller, piano, will perform a concert on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Helen Hills Hills Chapel in Northampton, Massachusetts. All of the proceeds from their performance will benefit The Voices of Children Foundation: voices.org.ua/en/ which aids children and families as they try to cope and deal with the trauma of the effects of war in their lives.
As a tribute to the people of Ukraine they will perform the music of Reinhold Gliere (Ukrainian composer), Sergei Prokofiev (born in Ukraine), American composer William Grant Still, and Ludwig van Beethoven (Germany).
Tickets for this benefit performance should be purchased in advance through Eventbrite:
Admission is $30 per person.
Audience members are required to wear masks, per Smith College COVID-19 policy.
Donations in lieu of attendance and additional gifts may be made directly to:
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About the artists:
Mr. Mark and Ms. Miller - the Mark-Miller Duo - won the Artistic Ambassador Competition and traveled together to eleven countries as representatives of the United States under the auspices of the United States Information Service, part of the U.S. State Department. They traveled to and performed in Germany, Romania, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland for their first tour. A second tour took them to India, Malaysia, and the Philippines with a final tour going to Chile, El Salvador, and Honduras. They presented master classes and lectures as well during their tenure as Artistic Ambassadors.
They were also finalists in the East/|West International Competition.
Andrew Mark serves on the cello faculty of Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a very active chamber musician in the Boston area, is cellist with the Portland String Quartet and plays with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has been a part of many successful chamber groups, including the Boston Composers' String Quartet. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras in the New England area.
Brenda Moore Miller, piano, is also a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music with a master’s degree in Piano Performance. She was winner of the Harold Bauer award while in undergraduate school at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her piano studio, she has taught at Milton Academy, Curry College, Amherst College, UMass Amherst and now serves on the faculty of Deerfield Academy and as Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, MA.
About The Voices for Children Foundation:
from their website:
***None of a child may be left alone with a war trauma. This is our mission.****With your help, we give psychological and psychosocial support to children who suffered as a result of war operations.*
*It helps them to win the consequences of the war and develop themselves. We also help families to cope with everyday difficulties, treatment, and rehabilitation of children, giving an individual support.*
*To give children a voice we create a video content, and we are also engaged in promoting children rights in order to change the children’s rights protection system in the country.*
* ****Our objective is that every child who has suffered from the war in ****Ukraine must get psychological help in time. **Our values:** respect to child’s dignity and rights; understanding of the needs of every child to be heard; faith in getting the best results only with the help of partnership and mutual aid. We are working in various villages and towns along the frontline in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.*