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
The children and young people at The Peaceful Children’s Homes in Sre Ampel and Battambang, as well as the organizers and musicians of “In Concert for Cambodia” (IC4C), would like to thank all of the sponsors, donors and patrons who made this Eleventh Anniversary Concert such a success. With your help, we raised over $6,500 for the Homes!
Hosted by CBC-Radio’s Alan Neal, the event celebrated the musical contribution of young people to supporting their peers half a world away. The concert was opened by Rev. Peter Woods of MacKay United Church on jazz saxophone, accompanied by James McGowan on piano. On a more classical note, University of Ottawa students, Jane Cory and Magali Gavazzi-April, each interpreted a Bach Partita and Fugue. Two-time first-prize Canada Music Competition winner, 15-year-old violinist, Maria Krstic, accompanied by Ioulia Blinova on piano, masterfully played Tchaikovsky. University of Ottawa music student Daniel Ramjattan held the audience spellbound on classical guitar. Adding a special note was the Cambodian musical group Pleng Doungchet, performing on traditional Khmer instruments. To end the concert, Kyle Burghout and Jane Cory performed a rousing selection of fiddle tunes. Over 120 people attended the concert and stayed on for the silent auction and refreshments.
All proceeds will go directly to the Homes, for food, health and educational needs. Part of these funds will be used to send talented students from the Homes to study at local universities.
Kyle Burghout, IC4C Youth Coordinator
Flora Liebich, IC4C Coordinator
IC4C – Recipient of the “Reconnaissance Expérience Asie 2015”
IC4C held a successful “Fall Fiddle Fundraising Concert” for the Peaceful Children’s Homes in Cambodia on Sunday, November 13th. Over fifty people attended the concert, held in the picturesque Mill Road Community Space, in Chelsea, Québec, close to Ottawa.
Led by IC4C Youth Coordinator, Kyle Burghout, the afternoon featured a variety of fiddling styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary, as well as Ottawa Valley step dancing by Emily Yarascavitch. The sale of performers’ CDs, Cambodian silk scarves, and a unique stained glass window created and offered by IC4C Team Member, Cathy Mains, all contributed to raising $2,500 for the Homes.
2016 has been an outstanding year for IC4C, thanks to some exceptional donations which have allowed us to raise almost $20,000 for the Peaceful Children’s Homes.
We would like to thank all of our donors – particularly Anne Crosman in Arizona, Alison Hackney in Senneville, QC, and Elspeth Straker in Northumbria, U.K. – for their very generous support.
All proceeds from IC4C concerts go towards the food, health and educational needs of 100 children and young people at the Peaceful Children’s Homes, including their university studies.
The children at The Peaceful Children’s Homes in Sre Ampel and Battambang, as well as the organizers and musicians of “In Concert for Cambodia” (IC4C), would like to thank all of the sponsors, donors and patrons who made this Tenth Anniversary Concert such a success. With your help, this concert set a new record, raising over $7,000 for the Homes.
Hosted by CBC-TV’s Adrian Harewood, the event celebrated the contribution of young people to supporting their peers half a world away. IC4C founder, Laurent Côté (now 23), gave the opening remarks, honouring the work of subsequent IC4C Youth Coordinators – Nicolas Côté, Basia Walczak and Kyle Burghout. Ten outstanding young musicians performed chamber and fiddle music in MacKay United Church. For the first time, the concert also featured the rich Khmer culture, with traditional Cambodian musicians and singers on stage at Memorial Hall. Over 120 people attended the concert and stayed on for the silent auction and refreshments.
Thanks for Your Support!
On Sunday, November 1, 2015, “In Concert for Cambodia” held a highly successful “Fall Fiddle Fundraiser” at the Mill Road Community Space in Chelsea, Quebec. An enthusiastic audience of close to 100 attended this upbeat musical event, coming from as far away as Montreal and Amherst Island! The concert started off with a fiddle rendition of “Oh Canada” and then moved on to traditional fiddle music.
This event was organized by the new IC4C Youth Coordinator and fiddler, Kyle Burghout, who has played twice in the All-Ireland Fiddle Competition and won the Eastern North American Fiddle Competition in New York this summer. The concert featured three local fiddle groups: the “Fiddleheads“, a group of young fiddlers from Chelsea ranging in age from 4 to 17; Ellen Daly, an award-winning fiddler from Ottawa, accompanied by Karson McKeown on guitar; and 2015 Canadian Duet Fiddle Champions, Kyle Burghout and Emily Yarascavitch (who came all the way from Waterloo), accompanied by Anthony Vial on piano. These three fiddlers have formed a new trio and released their debut CD this summer.
Successful Benefit Concert for the Peaceful Children’s Homes in Cambodia
at MacKay United Church, Sunday, January 25, 2015
On behalf of ‘In Concert for Cambodia’, we thank you for your kind and generous support to our ninth annual fund-raising event for the Peaceful Children’s Homes. Thanks to our donors, community and audience, this year’s concert was the most successful ever!
The event was opened by Darren Touch, Second Vice-President of the Cambodian Association of the Ottawa Valley. He reminded us that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the onset of the devastating times experienced by Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, the aftermath of which led to the creation of the Peaceful Children’s Homes. Hosted by City Councillor Tobi Nussbaum (Rideau-Rockcliffe), the concert was attended by well over 150 people, including City Councillor Jean Cloutier (Alta Vista). As the sun poured through the stained glass windows of MacKay United Church, we were treated to a rich program of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Barber, Beethoven, Reinhold (on the harp), as well as a fiddle quartet piece composed and performed by Kyle Burghout. The concert was followed by delicious refreshments and a silent auction, both of which attracted a large crowd.
With your support, we have raised over $6,000 which will go towards the food, health and educational needs of over 100 children and young people at the Peaceful Children’s Homes in Cambodia. We are immensely grateful to the businesses and private donors and supporters who have helped make this year’s event such a success.
Musicians playing for In Concert for Cambodia gave a series of home concerts throughout the year in both Ottawa and Montreal to further raise funds to support the Peaceful Children’s Homes.
On October 27, 2013, twelve highly accomplished young musicians from the University of Ottawa gave stellar performances at MacKay United Church (Ottawa), on behalf of the Peaceful Children’s Homes in Cambodia. This eighth annual fund-raising concert was hosted by the well-known Canadian cellist, leader of the Chamber Players of Canada and the Thirteen Strings, and Artistic Director of the Music and Beyond Festival, Julian Armour. As in past years, the internationally-acclaimed Canadian pianist, Janina Fialkowska O.C., was the Honorary Patron.
The one-hour musical program was varied and suitable for all ages, making the concert an ideal family event. (Julian Armour brought his six-year old son, Francis, who listened attentively throughout!) The concert opened with Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor, opus 104, Adagio, ma non troppo, performed by cellist Fiona Armstrong, accompanied by Frederic Lacroix on the piano. The next piece was the Andante from the Horn Trio in E-flat major, opus 40, by Johannes Brahms, performed by Olivier Bresson, French horn, Risa Tonita, piano, and Anna Baksheeva, violin. The next piece, And I Sacrificed My Lobe, a recent composition by pianist, Andrew John Gilmour, was to have been performed the composer himself. As he explained to the audience, he had recently injured a finger in an accident, but invited the audience to hear him perform at another venue in several weeks.
A riveting performance of Appalachia Waltz by Mark O’Connor was provided by violinist, Kyle Burghout, followed by Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango: Café 1930, with Kristina Slodki on the harp and Graham McVeety on the flute. And to top it all off – a melodious and charming Barbershop Quartet, featuring Kieran Foss, Tenor, Alexander Ouellette, Tenor, Xander Galbraith, Baritone, and Kevin Burke, Bass, sang Walter Vinson’s Sittin’ on top of the World, Givoanni Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus, Frank Sinatra’s Mam’selle, and Sir Elton John’s Can you feel the love tonight?, a fitting ending for a concert expressing our support and affection for 120 children in need in Cambodia.
All proceeds from the concert and silent auction go directly to the Peaceful Children’s Homes. The contribution of $4,000 raised at the 2013 concert was particularly timely, in view of recent major flooding around the Cambodian-Thai border, resulting in many of the children in Battambang contracting typhoid and other illnesses. The 2013 funds will be spent on the children’s medical expenses (including vaccinations and hospitalization), basic needs (food and hygiene), and education (school materials, tutorials and some university fees).
As a result of the concert, many of the young musicians have received invitations, from members of the audience, to teach and to perform – with the Barbershop Quartet landing eight further gigs!
In Concert for Cambodia! has created a meaningful link between Ottawa youth and their counterparts in a beautiful but struggling developing country, half-way round the world. We look forward to seeing you at our 2015 concert!