What a night! Beethoven for the Indus Valley at Carnegie Hall - Acumen

What a night! Beethoven for the Indus Valley at Carnegie Hall

By Acumen on February 07, 2011

A rapt audience of music lovers, humanitarians, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, diplomats, and dear friends of South Asia and especially of Pakistan rose to their feet at the conclusion of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony last Monday evening, as George Mathew, the Beethoven for the Indus Valley Orchestra, the Dessoff Symphonic Choir, and four young stars from the Metropolitan Opera brought the curtain down on Music For Life International‘s first global humanitarian concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The concert was introduced by Dr. Nafis Sadik, Chairperson of the concert’s Co-Presenter American Pakistan Foundation, followed by a radiantly inspiring message by Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, focusing on the spirit and resilience of the Pakistani people and on the transformative work that Acumen Fund is carrying out in Pakistan. Images from Novogratz’s own travels in flood-ravaged Pakistan accompanied the Symphony.  Net proceeds from the concert will benefit Acumen Fund’s work in Pakistan and there is still time for you to make a donation.

Read the continuing press coverage of the concert below, take a look at the charming story of bestselling author Novogratz’s “unexpected fan,” and find out how you can maximize the impact of this historic concert.

Read what people are saying.

Photo by Joseph R. Saporito, QonStage

Press coverage:

Musical Movement for Pakistani Community  The Wall Street Journal

Ravaged Pakistan Gets Joyful Beethoven  Bloomberg News

‘Beethoven for the Indus Valley’ Concert to Benefit Flood Victims Jan.31  PlaybillArts

Beethoven 9th, at Carnegie, Benefits Beleaguered Indus Valley Flood Victims  Q onStage

Indian Conductor George Mathew to lead benefit concert for Pakistan flood aid India Post

Indian-origin leads concert for Pak flood victims in US  Deccan Chronicle

South Asian musicians present Beethoven for flood-hit Pakistan  Birmingham Star

There’s still time to…

Make a big difference by supporting Acumen Fund’s work in Pakistan. If you were at the concert and felt inspired to do more, this is your moment. Won’t you give $20, $25, $50, $100, $200, $500 or more to bring about life-saving change for millions of people affected by this disaster?

Or consider making a contribution in any amount to Acumen Fund on Facebook Causes and invite your friends on Facebook to do the same.

Every dollar makes a difference. Support our fellow human beings in the Indus Valley today.

The “Blue Sweater Baby” Goes To Carnegie Hall

In November, George Mathew and Bowie Snodgrass’ newborn Akbar Jacob Mathew was featured on the Acumen blog as “an unexpected Blue Sweater fan” with a photo of him holding Jacqueline Novogratz’s New York Times bestselling book, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the gap between the rich and poor in an interconnected world.

If you were moved by Jacqueline’s remarks at the concert or if you missed them, we recommend her book, which was a central part of the inspiration for Beethoven for the Indus Valley.

And even though he was up past his bedtime, Jacob was backstage at Carnegie Hall while his father, George Mathew, conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and awake to congratulate everyone after the concert!

Remember the evening with a commemorative poster.

This elegant 18″ x 24″ poster, designed by Intrakt, can be yours for only $15.

Click here to purchase a commemorative poster through PayPal.

(Payment includes poster tube and shipping. $10 of the price of each poster is tax deductible and will support the work of Music for Life International Inc.)

Our countdown to Carnegie

View our previous newsletters to learn more about the organizations, artists and other individuals who joined us on the journey to Beethoven for the Indus Valley.

January 5: Come Together On January 31 For The Indus Valley
January 12: Meet Our Beneficiary, Acumen Fund, and Co-Presenter, American Pakistan Foundation
January 20: Who’s Who In Beethoven’s Ninth, Part I
January 28: Who’s Who In Beethoven’s Ninth, Part II
January 31: Tonight’s the Night: Countdown to Carnegie

This post was originally shared as a newsletter by Music for Life International.

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