Submitted by admin on Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:45am
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,I’m honored to have the assistance of the following team of Advisors--appearing in our center column--true leaders and thoughtful advocates for the classical guitar in the United States. Mr. Christopher Parkening has graciously agreed to serve as our Honorary Chair. I rely on all of them for their advice and insight. Their support of our efforts here to promote the classical guitar demonstrates their understanding of the important role we play here in the national guitar community. I present these outstanding leaders to you with great pride!
Now I'm happy to announce a new program to support our organization. We have been issued a challenge by the 2014 Visionaries, a group of ten individuals and couples (see Menu bar above) that will collectively match all donations to our organization through June 30, 2014, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, up to $10,000! Thanks to their vision and commitment, we plan to reach our fundraising goal of $20,000 this fiscal year. This will enable us to grow our capacity, and specifically to expand our educational activities for St. Louis schools. Please click on Donation Form under 2014 Visionaries to see more.
Our program Classical Guitars for St. Louis Students on power2give is now 27% complete! Please consider a donation, and make a comment--even $5 or $10 will help us reach our goal of $8,523 to purchase 50 guitars for in-school classical guitar programs. Click here to see it: http://www.power2give.org/GreaterStLouis/projects#page
Tune in to our new classical music station, Radio Arts Foundation--St. Louis FM 107.3 or at www.rafstl.org
every Monday evening from 7:00 - 8:00 pm to hear our new show "Inside Classical Guitar"! All past shows are archived on this website--just click on ICG RADIO SHOW in the above Menu bar.
To All of our Devoted Followers: On November 7, 8, and 9 we were able to observe students in nine of our city public schools as Brazilian guitarists Douglas Lora and João Luiz visited classrooms and assemblies at elementary, middle, and high schools. At every stop both students and teachers became a rapt audience for their amazing virtuosity and willingness to share of themselves. Most of these students had never met classical musicians in real life, let alone witness them perform for them personally. Here’s just a few of the students’ written comments about the visit: “This is a wonderful day that I will never in my life forget. I used to see playing an instrument as something that wasn’t really important, but after today that totally changed.”
“I really enjoyed you guys playing. I can visualize a story out of each one. The first one I visualized a woman and man dancing but then the man said he loved her but the man was already married, so the woman ran away. The second one I thought of a man going insane and it was all in black and white. The last one I thought of a woman sitting next to a pond picking petals off of a flower thinking of her past love who died.”
“I fell in love with the melodies you guys played. I never heard anyone play so well. You guys made me want to learn to play guitar, the way you play is just so beautiful it tells a story. I will be attending your performance Saturday to hear more.”
Last Fall--with the financial support of many of you!--we were able to donate a total of 95 instruments to Sherman Elementary, Langston Middle, and Soldan High schools. This brings to seven the number of schools who have received guitars from us. Music can build skills, instill confidence, and promote creativity and social cooperation.
This program is just the first step in our broader plan to support music education in the schools. Please consider making a donation to our organization this calendar year. Just go to the bottom of the middle column on this page and click on Donate Now to see more about our programs. Thank you so much for your support!