Longwood Symphony Orchestra Supports ATASK
On Sunday May 1 2010, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra gave a fantastic concert in Jordon Hall at the New England Conservatory. The concert titled "Healing our community through music" was a fundraising event to support the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) whose mission is to prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors.
Even with boiled water alert in Boston happening just a few hours before start, 100 musicians stayed hydrated and the audience of the 1000-seat Jordan Hall transported with a mesmerizing performance of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (the orchestra of Boston's medical community) to benefit the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK). The concert was a night to celebrate the courage of ATASK clients, acknowledge the passion of ATASK's staff, board, volunteers, and supporters, and ring in their wish for a peaceful world without violence.
Even with local emergency, public health leaders and health officials were in attendance to support domestic violence as critical public health issue for all populations. Judith Kurland , Menino's Chief of Staff and
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby MA Secy for Health and Human Services were present at the event.
US Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Howard Koh (and his wife, Dr. Claudia Arrig) of Andover were the special honored guests for the evening.
Dr. Koh also received a framed art poster with ATASK's new outreach message - "Peaceful Homes Let Children Soar!" signed by the artist - Newbery Award winning children's book author/illustrator, Grace Lin.
The LSO is a unique orchestra consisting of musicians many of who are health professionals who use every concert as a fundraiser to support special causes. Jonathan McPhee , the brilliant conductor chose a very special program for the evening. The first half featured Piano Concerto No 3, Opus 30 by Sergei Rachmaninoff and the second half was Symphony No.4 "The Inextinguishable" by Carl Nielsen. The performance was breathtaking to say the least.
ATASK is a phenomenal organization that is well deserving of the funds raised from this concert. Annually it provides emergency housing for over 50 women and children, provides critical safety planning and community based services to about 500 clients and responds to over 7000 advocacy and helpline calls. It is one of the eight organizations nationwide selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its "Strengthening What Works" initiative to prevent violence in immigrant and refugee populations.
To learn more please check out
A wonderful evening serving a great cause!
Share your Comments
In this Issue
|Cartoon: Laugh India Laugh|
Panditji is prime sponsor.. [more]
|Spring To Action AIF Bike Ride |
On a beautiful Saturday morning on the first of May, the American India Foundation, along with its newly established Young Professionals Chapter, had their annual fundraising bike ride, Spring Into Action, a twenty-five mile trail through Concord and its neighboring towns. Twenty participants raised money to support AIF’s Rickshaw Bank project, which supports the livelihoods of rickshaw pullers in India. [more]
|NETS Welcomes Tamil New Year 2010 |
The New England Tamil Sangam celebrated Chithirai Vizhaa 2010. Key highlights of the program were a humorous and informal debate, and light music. Prof. R. Subrahmonia Ayyar graciously honored the occasion as Chief Guest. [more]
Nature and butterflies! [more]
|In Conversation With Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Sitar Maestro|
The sublime sounds of the sitar transformed the hallowed walls of LearnQuest Academy of Music, Waltham, MA, from May 7-9. The occasion taking place was a three day shibir conducted by Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, one of the most distinguished sitar players today, organized by the Shahid Parvez Khan Academy of Music in collaboration with LearnQuest Academy of Music. [more]
You may also access this article through our web-site http://www.lokvani.com/
Amanda von Goetz,Amanda von Goetz, Philip Edward Fisher, Jim Aylward, Kija Kim, Lisa Wong
Atsuko Fish, Claudia Arrigg, Howard Koh, Larry Fish
Linda Chin, ATASK President, Paul Lee, ATASK Board Member, Partner at Goodwin Procter, Tom Workman, ATASK supporter
Cathy and Eddie OConnell, Kija Kim, Jim Aylward, Korean Consul General
Linda Chin, ATASK President, Dr. Howard Koh, Grace Lin, Artist
Linda Chin, Sujata Ghosh, Saikat Ghosh