Monday, May 25, 2015

Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Music Kitchen Celebrates 10 Years and Wins $24,500 Sphinx Artist MPower Grant! [78 Concerts Reached 12,000 Homeless Clients]

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Guitarist Oren Fader
Trio and Quartet:
Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Mialtin Zhezha, violins
Jack Stulz, viola and Peter Seidenberg, cello
It's hard to believe, but I'm very excited to announce
that this is Music Kitchen's 10 Year Anniversary! 
That's 10 years of bringing great concerts to the
homeless in New York City, Los Angeles and even 
Paris, France!  To be exact, that's 78 concerts,
150 artists, 10 Shelters and Soup Kitchens,
and over 12,000 Homeless clients reached!! 
THANK YOU to all of you who helped make these first 10 years possible!!
What better way to celebrate the first 10 years than being
awarded a grant from the Sphinx Organization!  Since
I  have served as Concertmaster of the Sphinx Symphony
Orchestra several times over the years, I earned the
 right to compete for a Sphinx Artist MPower Grant.  I am
happy to report that I was one of 19 artists selected
nationally to win a grant, and was awarded to fund my
Music Kitchen projects for the '15-'16 season, including
concerts in LA with Glenn Dicterow and encore
 performances in NYC of the Stravinsky Soldier's Tale,
where I was joined by a wonderful group comprised of
players from Carnegie Ensemble ACJW, Liam Burke and
Shelley Monroe Huang, Metropolitan Opera, Billy Hunter,
 Weston Sprott, and Dan Krekeler, plus my husband,
freelance percussionist Joe Tompkins. 
Thanks again for all you do! 
Would You Like to Be Part of this 10 Year Celebration?
Help Us Match the $24,500 Grant by August 31st!
SO Many Reasons to Give...Seriously, Check it Out:

We have presented internationally renowned solo artists such as pianist Emanuel Ax, Berlin Philharmonic principal oboist Albrecht Mayer, violinist Glenn Dicterow, cellist Carter Brey, violinist/composer Mark O’Connor,  jazz Singer Rene Marie. 
Music Kitchen audiences have heard artists from chamber ensembles such as: Kronos, O’Connor, Lark, Cassatt, Harlem, Maya, Attacca, Aeolus and PubliQuartets, Lyric Piano Quartet, Carnegie Ensemble ACJW, Concertante, Ritz Chamber Players, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Garth Newel Piano Quartet, Brazil Guitar Duo, Kalunga Percussion, Sweet Plantain, DuoJalal, American Modern Ensemble, Hot Swing, David Bixler Quintet,  Holy Trinity Bach Singers and Calmus A-capella vocal ensemble.
Music Kitchen alumni artists stem from orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of New York, New Jersey Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic Akademie
Music Kitchen alumni also include notable emerging artists such as pianists Grammy-nominated Terrence Wilson, David Berry, Craig Ketter and Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill, soprano Alison Buchanon, harpist Bridget Kibbey, flutist Claire Chase, violinists Helena Baillie and Asmira Woodward-Page, violists Brett Deubner and Dana Kelley, cellist Jeff Zeigler and many more!
Music Kitchen Wrapped up Project 8 this Spring,
plus the First 2 Concerts in LA with Glenn Dicterow,
and in New Jersey with the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble Students led by Joseph Tompkins!

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