Classical Music for the World’s (CMFW) spring festival season, “Welcome All,” will celebrate refugee families in its Artists’ Concert Series, “Virtuoso Lonely Romance,” featuring a cello solo recital with world-renowned cellist Francesco Mastromatteo; a Master Class for cello solos and chamber music groups; and a Love Concert benefiting iACT (Interfaith Action of Central Texas) with welcome-drum introduction and songs performed by refugee students from Doss Elementary School.
“Virtuoso Lonely Romance” highlights the romantic nature of cello, performed by CMFW Artistic Director, Mastromatteo, on Saturday, Apr. 14, 4 p.m. at Oak Hill United Methodist Church.
“The sonatas by Hindemith, Ligeti, Ysaÿe, or the Capricci by Piatti are actually invitations to look inward to our loneliness in order to define who we are and, therefore, move toward others ready to accept them completely after we have accepted who we are,” said Mastromatteo. “Virtuosity in these works and in the cello voice is truly the ability to discover and express Virtue, and ultimately, to discover and live love.”
On Saturday, Apr. 21, at 7 p.m. at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, the festival features a Love Concert with the CMFW Orchestra and a performance by refugee students from Doss, with guest speakers Felora Derakhshani, Chair of UN Association-Austin Chapter and Simone Talma Flowers, Executive Director of iACT.
CMFW Love Concerts raise money to help people in need in Austin and around the world. All donations go directly to charities, projects, and organizations. This year, all donations will benefit iACT and its program for refugees.
The refugee students will perform West African Welcome Drums and sing West Afghan songs. The CMFW Orchestra will feature the CMFW Young Music Ambassadors as soloists in the Concerto for Two Violins and Cello in D Minor by Vivaldi with Mastromatteo spotlighted in the Concerto for Cello in C Major by Haydn. Also, Dr. Eugene Gratovich, the Associate Concertmaster of Austin Symphony Orchestra will be featured as the event’s Concertmaster.