March 4, 2006 at 7:05 AMI'd like to update everyone on David Ewart, the LA violinist whose family survived a tragic house fire just before last Christmas.
There is now a website that gives updates on David's progress, and the progress of his family members. The site also has a place where people can donate money to help the family, as everything was lost in the fire.
Violinist Bruce Dukov, a friend of David's, told me that the most useful kind of donation would be one that is given on a monthly basis, to provide some kind of regular income. Any donations are a great help!
The website reports that as of Feb. 27, David "has very limited mobility in his hands because of the contractions that the skin goes through. This is currently affecting his ability in terms of practicing the violin. It is a very big challenge for him, and although he is dabbling at the violin, it may take a few more months of extreme effort than desired. Rehabilitation is a huge challenge. His target date is to play decently by April 30th for the Cowboy Music Festival. If anyone can do it, it's David, that's for sure!"
Here is another special request that David's friends put out to the world on the website, and maybe it's something we can help with:
"David, a professional violinist in LA had several violins, bows and a viola in his home on December 20th all of which were lost as a result of the tragic fire. This unfortunate loss included several bows by Sartory, Hill and Nurenberger and a fine Italian violin by Jannarius Gaglianus, made in 1765. Anyone who knows David, knows that the music continues to live in his heart, his soul and his spirit. He can't possibly keep it bottled up inside - his music must be shared with not only the community...but the world. If there is anyone who might have a Jannarius Gaglianus violin in their possession, would they consider letting David use it to share his beautiful music once again? It would be a most amazing blessing if we could help to reunite a masterful violinist with an instrument worthy of his talents."
Luthiers? Private collectors? Violinists?
Also, for people in the LA area, there will be an "Evening with Jay Leno" to benefit the family at 7:30 p.m., March 23, at Hart High School Auditorium, 23825 Newhall Avenue, in Newhall, Calif. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased through the mail. Send a check plus $1 for postage handling to: Imagination Station, PO Box 220983, Newhall, CA 91321.
Again, we send David and his family all our best wishes.
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