2014/15- The Season of Everyone
47 Strings works to create a greater understanding and appreciation of classical music by performing for new audiences in unique and alternative venues throughout the Houston area. So far, over 1,700 people in Houston nursing homes, homeless shelters, and schools have been reached.
This year, we're launching a campaign to get more people involved in performances. 47 Strings will present other harpists and musicians in concert, including the Deciduous Trio next Spring. We're working more closely with composers like Houston's Stephen Bachicha, who is writing a piece based on Japanese poetry for voice and harp that I can't wait to premier in May with Soprano Julia Fox.
47 Strings is also expanding the Arts in Medicine program. Last year, we began doing inpatient room visits at Texas Children's Cancer Center. This year, those will occur monthly. That means that more children will be introduced to the harp, but more importantly, will get a break in their day of being at the hospital and be visited by someone who isn't a doctor. Since September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we're starting the monthly visits September, and will continue them throughout the year.
To make this possible, we're also introducing a micro-giving campaign, with 100% of the money going directly to the Arts in Medicine Program. By New Years, the goal is to have 100 people signed up to donate $1, $3, or $5 a month. $1 a month may not seem like a lot, but by all getting involved, we can make a huge impact.
More performances, more audiences, more premiers, more musicians, more ways to support harp music in the community. This season, let's all get excited to be involved.