Thank you from In Concert for Cambodia!

 

 

Our warmest thanks to all the IC4C supporters who made the Twelfth Annual Benefit Concert the best ever!  With your help, we raised over $8,000 for The Peaceful Children’s Homes in Cambodia.  These funds will be used for the educational needs of the young people at the Homes, including university studies, with a focus on the education of girls.  We see this as our contribution to a better future for these young people and for Cambodia.

In Concert for Cambodia started as a modest, youth-based initiative in 2006, launched by 13-year-old Laurent Côté, under the Honorary Patronage of Canadian-born pianist, Janina Fialkowska, O.C.  Twelve years later – the  musicians have matured, the program has become more sophisticated and the audience has grown. This year some 130 people turned out to hear the music and to enjoy the reception and silent auction that followed.  Laurence Wall of CBC Radio Ottawa was the excellent Host.  H.E. Per Sjøgren,  Ambassador of Sweden to Canada, opened the event, reflecting Sweden’s  active presence in Cambodia.  We were honoured to have Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, and Nathalie Des Rosiers, Member of the Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, both attend the concert.

This year’s musical program was made up of more reflective pieces, to honour the memory of our much-loved young violinist, Jonah Poplove, who passed away last year. The concert opened with a selection of jazz pieces, performed by Peter Woods on sax and James McGowan on piano; it continued with Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata in D major, Opus 94a, masterfully performed by 16-year-old Maria Krstic, accompanied by Ioulia Blinova on piano; a selection of music on traditional Cambodian instruments with the Pleng Duong Chit Musicians from Ottawa-Gatineau;  Ravel’s Miroirs:  Un Barque sur l’Océan, exquisitely performed by University of Ottawa pianist, Sophia Stoney; Kyle Burghout with a personal tribute to Jonah and a medley of fiddling tunes; Argentinian classical guitarist, Martin de Zuviria, playing Milonga Triste by S. Piano and Tango by Isaac Albeniz; and to close, Maria Krstic with her accomplished 9-year-old brother, Danilo, playing the Méditation from Thaïs by Massenet, again accompanied by Ioulia Blinova. 

If you weren’t able to attend the concert, or if you’d like to watch it again, a video of the entire concert is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYdjccJcoxs&t=4s

Please keep in mind that IC4C musicians are available to play at home concerts and business events, with part of the proceeds going to In Concert for Cambodia and The Peaceful Children’s Homes.

 


About IC4C

In Concert for Cambodia (IC4C) was founded in 2006 by 13-year-old Ottawa violinist, Laurent Côté, to help children and youth in need in Cambodia. In recognition for his initiative, Laurent received the 2009 Ontario Youth Philanthropist Award.  Since then, IC4C has attracted successive groups of outstanding young musicians and organizers,  who continue to raise funds, through concerts, to support The Peaceful Children’s Homes in Cambodia.

The Honorary Patron is the renowned Canadian pianist, Janina Fialkowska, O.C. 
The current IC4C Youth Coordinator is 24-year-old Kyle Burghout (B.Mus, University of Ottawa, 2015), a talented violinist and fiddler who won the Eastern North American Irish Fiddle Competition in New York in May 2015.  That same year,  In Concert for Cambodia received the Prix de Reconnaissance Expérience Asie , awarded to Canadians for outstanding contributions to culture or humanitarian work in Asia.

The Peaceful Children’s Homes were set up privately in 1994 to take in homeless children returning from the refugee camps in Thailand.  Today, they provide a permanent and nurturing environment to children and youth who have been abandoned, orphaned, rescued from the street, from domestic violence or from human trafficking.  The Homes emphasize education, self-reliance and ethics. 

Since 2006, IC4C has raised almost $60,000 for the nutritional, health and educational needs of the children and young people at the Homes. In terms of tangible results, IC4C has facilitated emergency medical care for the children,  promoted self-reliance in food and agriculture, and even provided solar panels for electricity.  IC4C has also supported the university studies of four outstanding young Cambodians from the Homes, including a young female student studying law. At the same time, IC4C support to the Homes has created a meaningful link between Ottawa youth and their counterparts in a country facing severe development challenges.

We encourage you to support this worthwhile cause, by purchasing concert tickets or through online donations (by clicking on the “donate” button below).

The IC4C musicians are also available to perform at private or professional functions in Ottawa and Montreal.  Please contact us if this is of interest to you, your business or organization.

Certaines informations sur notre siteweb sont disponibles en francais.  Nous travaillons actuellement sur un siteweb français. Un grand merci à nos collaborateurs francophones,
Nicolas Côté et Antoine Côté!

Click here to watch a video capturing the highlights of the IC4C 2016 Tenth Anniversary concert, filmed by our friends from Khemara in Montreal!

 

 

 

 

 

Fondé en 2006, En concert pour le Cambodge (IC4C) est une initiative de jeunes musiciens talentueux de la région de l’Outaouais qui viennent en aide, par la musique, aux Foyers des enfants de la paix au Cambodge. La Mécène honoraire est la célèbre pianiste canadienne, Janina Fialkowska, O.C. Le Coordinateur de la jeunesse pour IC4C est Kyle Burghout (B.Mus, Université d’Ottawa, 2015), un violoniste fort doué de 22 ans.   En 2015, Kyle a emporté, à New York, le Concours de musique traditionnelle irlandaise pour l’Amérique du nord orientale. La même année, En concert pour le Cambodge a reçu le Prix de reconnaissance “Expérience Asie”, offert aux Canadiens qui contribuent de façon exceptionnelle à la culture ou au travail humanitaire en Asie. En plus des concerts publiques, les musiciens jouent aux évènements privés ou professionnels à Ottawa et à Montréal. (Contactez-nous svp si cela vous intéresse.)

Les Foyers des enfants de la paix furent établis de façon privée en 1994 pour accueillir des enfants sans famille qui rentraient de camps de réfugiés en Thaïlande. Aujourd’hui, ils offrent un foyer permanent à une centaine d’enfants et de jeunes qui ont été abandonnés, rendus orphelins, secourus de la rue ou du trafic humain.

Depuis 2006, IC4C a récolté plus de $56,500 pour les besoins nutritionnels, de santé et d’éducation des enfants et des jeunes aux Foyers. Entre autre, IC4C a financé des soins médicaux d’urgence, fourni des panneaux solaires, et soutenu l’auto-suffisance agricole. IC4C a aussi aidé à financer les études universitaires de trois jeunes Cambodgiens fort doués issus des Foyers, et a facilité les études en droit d’une jeune étudiante. En même temps, IC4C a crée un lien important entre des jeunes de l’Outaouais et leurs homologues dans ce pays en voie de développement. IC4C a même fourni un bénévole pour aider sur place.

Nous vous encourageons chaleureusement à appuyer nos efforts en faisant des dons en ligne (cliquez sur le bouton ci-dessous) et en participant à nos concerts de levée de fonds. 

 

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