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Samuel Thompson

International Musician Upbeat Article

September 10, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Dear All:

As mentioned before, I was recently profiled in the International Musician. This interview took place shortly after a benefit concert that I played - and actually organized - from which the proceeds went to the Greater New Orleans Youth Orhestra.

The seeds of this concert were planted in January 2006 when, upon seeing a calendar from our alma mater, a colleague from the University of South Carolina School of Music called me and asked if I would like to play a concerto with his orchestra. Four months later (and one month before my performance at the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas) I received both a call and a letter from Tracey Sherry, then the Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, in which she very candidly chronicled the organization's financial situation at the close of the 2005-2006 season (which was, incidentally, the end of the first season following Hurricane Katrina).

After forwarding the letter to Darcy Lewis - and later posting it in my blog - I called Rich and asked if our concert could be a benefit...

Having worked as the marketing associate for an arts organization many years ago, I did send out press releases with information on this concert; however, I never expected THIS, and all I can say is that I'm very happy that people are still paying attention to what needs to happen in New Orleans.

Thank you all again, not only for the supportive words you have shared with me over the past two years, but for your continued assistance with the long-term recovery of our Gulf Coast's arts organizations.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on September 11, 2007 at 5:19 AM
I'm glad that you were asked to play in the concert and that you made it into a fund raiser for people who are still affected by Katrina.

I couldn't read the article about you by following the link you gave. You have to be a member of AFM to do that.

From Laurie Niles
Posted on September 11, 2007 at 5:30 AM
We are working on getting permission to re-print it. I've been a member of the AFM for 20 years and STILL couldn't access it!
From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 11, 2007 at 4:23 PM
Samuel - would love to see this article. If Laurie can't get the permission to re-post it, would you email it to me?

Keep up the inspirational - to all of us - work!

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