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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Help Us Send “The Soloist” to Washington, D.C.

image We are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for Nathaniel.

The Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra, of which Nathaniel is now a member, has been invited to perform in Washington, D.C., as part of the festivities leading up to the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Nathaniel will perform on the cello. The 23-piece orchestra, led by conductor Janise White, is honored to be invited to perform for this momentous occasion and is currently raising the funds necessary to make the trip.

The Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation wants to do its part by raising the money to fund the trip for Nathaniel and a traveling companion—which is medically necessary for him. We are asking you to support our efforts with the most generous gift you can give. Please click on the Donate Now button to make your gift. This trip—and performance—is the opportunity of a lifetime for Nathaniel, as you can imagine. You can help us make it happen for him!

About the event: The Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra will perform a concerto for piano and orchestra entitled “Glory Hallelujah Variations,” which was composed by blind jazz pianist Howlett “Smitty Smith” in 2010. The work was created to commemorate Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech, and it will receive a national premiere at the MLK Memorial Concert in Washington, D.C.

About the orchestra: Dedicated to preserving the music of Black Symphonists, the Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra was founded in 1987 by Professor Janise White, Valencia Mitchell and several colleagues from the University of Southern California. 

Nathaniel Ayers was the featured soloist with the Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra at its appearance in Los Angeles on June 25, 2011. Here is a description of Nathaniel’s performance that day: “The audience became spellbound with Mr. Ayers’ exceptionally warm, lyrical and incredible passionate cello playing. There was such complete silence during this performance that someone had to shout bravo to break the spell!”

image Thank you, friends, for your generous support in helping Nathaniel make this trip to Washington, D.C. for this most historic occasion.

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