NOVEL VOICES, the newest branch of the nonprofit Project: Music Heals Us, is a project inspired by the belief in the power of art to bring comfort, connection, and empowerment to those living on the margins of our local communities. It is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to educate and encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. It will bring free, interactive concerts to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.
WHO: The CARR-PETROVA DUO, a composer, and two film-makers
Concerts and Workshops in Refugee Camps and Refugee Aid Programs across the globe.
An original composition by Fernando Arroyo Lascurain inspired by these experiences and new refugee friends.
A debut album release on the NAXOS Label, a world premiere in Carnegie Hall, and a documentary film
WHEN: August 2018-October 2019
WHERE: Denmark, NY, California, Bulgaria, & the Middle East
PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US
Project: Music Heals Us is a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide encouragement, education and healing through bringing high-quality live music performances and interactive programming to marginalized populations with limited ability to access it themselves. Since its inception in 2014, PMHU has presented over 200 free concerts in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, food pantries, special needs centers, prisons, and homeless shelters. In addition to continuing this work, in the 2018-2019 Season PMHU will embark on a new year-long initiative called Novel Voices dedicated to refugee aid and awareness.
Described as “Brilliant, elegant, sensitive, and explosive,” violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova are rapidly becoming one of the foremost duo ensembles on today's musical scene. Both acclaimed international soloists, as individuals they have won top prizes in international competitions and have been featured in such world-renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, and Lincoln Center. They have also participated in prestigious festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia, MozartFest, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, and MalagaClasica, and their performances have been broadcast on NPR, WQXR, and "Performance Today." Carr and Petrova, began playing together during their school years at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music in 2005; their concerts have taken them across Spain, Germany, and the US. This season, as winners of the Music Academy of the West Inaugural Alumni Enterprise Award, they will be premiering, touring, and recording a socially-minded project entitled: NOVEL VOICES.
- Launch of the NOVEL VOICES Refugee Aid Project
- A performance at the United Nations in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights
- Concerts, Workshops, and Presentations across the US, Bulgaria, Israel, Denmark, Spain, and Morocco
- Masterclasses at the Jerusalem Music Center, in Israel; Cataroja Conservatory & Alberto Jonas International School of Music in Valencia, Spain; & University of Louisville
- A Debut Album release
- A Carnegie Hall Debut!
Acclaimed as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent,” the New York City-based Solera Quartet is the Quartet in Residence for Project: Music Heals Us's Prison Residency Program. Winners of the 2017 Pro Musicis International Award, the Soleras are the first and only American chamber ensemble chosen for this distinction, and were presented in a debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in Fall 2018 to celebrate their addition to Pro Musicis’ roster.