This week from Oct. 17 to 24 Diana Nuttall’s students will be doing a Reviewathon, where we play our old repertoire on the cello as many times as possible in order to raise money for people in Somalia (the money will be donated to UNICEF). It’s sort of like the “Jump Rope for Heart” thing where you can either donate a fixed amount, or an amount per # of times that I play my repertoire. Why is it a good idea to send money to Somalia? To quote the NY Times:
“In the summer of 2011, the country was hard hit by a famine that extended across much of East Africa. A combination of drought, war, restrictions on aid groups and years of chaos have pushed 4 million Somalis — more than half the population — into “crisis,” according to the United Nations. Agricultural production is just a quarter of what it normally is, and food prices have soared.
The Shabab were blamed for much of the suffering, as it blocked many international relief groups from bringing food to famine victims. The Shabab, which had taken a beating in steady urban fighting against a better-armed, 9,000-strong African Union peacekeeping force, abruptly pulled out of the bullet-ridden capital of Mogadishu, in August 2011, leaving the entire city in the hands of the government for the first time in years.
The situation had only worsened by mid-August, when the United Nations confirmed that a cholera epidemic was sweeping across the country.Hundreds of thousands of Somalis had fled into Kenya, Ethiopia and to camps in Mogadishu, where cholera and measles are preying upon a malnourished and immune-suppressed population.”
If you can donate any money, that would be greatly appreciated. Here is a list of my repertoire from the Suzuki Cello School Vol. 1 & 2:
1. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
2. French Folk Song
3. Lightly Row
4. Song of the Wind
5. Go Tell Aunt Rhody
6. O Come, Little Children
7. May Song
9. Perpetual Motion
10. Long, Long Ago
15. The Happy Farmer
16. Minuet in C
17. Long, Long Ago v2
18. May Time
19. Minuet No. 1
20. Hunters’ Chorus
Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.