Our friend Joel Cohen has put together one of the first US musical fundraisers for victims of the civil wars in Syria and Iraq.

It’s at 8:00 PM on October 23rd at Harvard’s Memorial Church.

Do try to be there.

Joel talks about it here.

The mission of Camerata Mediterranea is to create exchanges and to improve understanding among “Euro/American” and “Eastern/Middle Eastern” civilizations and cultures via the art of music.

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A concert for Sir David Willcocks has been announced at King’s College, Cambridge, on Sun 22 Nov 3pm.

Sir David died on September 17, aged 95.


This may be the most open, unpredictable final in recent memory. No strong favourites, no big names. A spread of artists from 8 countries. Only one Russian, only one Pole. Two women out of ten.

Mr Seong-Jin Cho (South Korea)
Mr Aljoša Jurinić (Croatia)
Ms Aimi Kobayashi (Japan)

Aimi Kobayashi
Ms Kate Liu (United States)
Mr Eric Lu (United States)
Mr Szymon Nehring (Poland)
Mr Georgijs Osokins (Latvia)
Mr Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada)
Mr Dmitry Shishkin (Russia)
Mr Yike (Tony) Yang (Canada)

In the final round, starting Sunday, each pianist will perform one of Chopin’s two Piano Concertos with the Warsaw Philharmonic, conductor Jacek Kaspszyk.

The result will be announced late Tuesday.

This was Aimi, aged 4:

Octavists of the Russian Orthodox church.