Music for Baghdad03.08.2005
Following is an appeal to musicians, music teachers, and music lovers!
From: Marcia Chaplin
President, Springfield (VA) Music Club
You hear daily the accounts of the destruction and rebuilding of Iraq and I am sure you have asked yourself "Is there anything I, as a musician, can do to help?" The answer is — yes. As so many other large cities, Baghdad had a Symphony. Throughout the turmoil and destruction of the cities and government of Iraq, the symphony has continued to practice, although their conductor was killed, their main rehearsal facility was destroyed and their instruments and scores of music were burned. Still, they continue to rehearse on whatever instruments they can find, in whatever condition they are in. They have been asked to perform at Iraq's upcoming inauguration but, as you can well imagine, they are poorly equipped. They have the desire and the heart to go on, but they need our help.
Pauline Anderson, music director of The McLean Youth Orchestra and a member of the Springfield (VA) Music Club, has begun a campaign to furnish the Baghdad Symphony with instruments, scores, and repair sets. This is not Pauline's first attempt at setting up orchestras in underdeveloped countries. She has received awards for her youth orchestras in Peru, Honduras, and Colombia. I am writing to you on her behalf to ask for donations of instruments.
At this time, over $9,000 worth of instruments have been collected. She is working directly with Brig. Gen Robert Disney and Col. Chip Beck to have the instruments flown directly to the Presidential Palace in Baghdad in late May.
Send instruments (used or new) to:
1807 Batten Hollow Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182
Please include a short note to be given to the symphony member who will receive the instrument.
If you do not have a musical instrument to donate, please pass this information along to your friends and music lovers.