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Friends of Music Education for Haiti, Inc. will present a benefit concert in Gusman Hall located in the University of Miamiâ€™s Frost School of Music. The concert will feature violinist, Victoria Joseph, and pianist, Natasha Stojanovska, who will perform the violin and piano repertoireâ€™s top three sonatas â€“ Edvard Griegâ€™s Sonata No. 2 in G, Cesar Franckâ€™s Sonata in A, and Richard Straussâ€™s Sonata in E-Flat.
All proceeds from this concert will go towards Friends of Music Education for Haitiâ€™s initiatives to build
Haitiâ€™s first professional music conservatory and performing arts center for children. Romel Joseph, the Juilliard-trained Haitian violinist who survived the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, is the Executive Director of Friends of Music Education for Haiti. His remarkable ordeal captivated audiences around the world through numerous media reports in the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, London Times, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, BBC, and CNN. Legendary musician, Stevie Wonder, honored Mr.
Joseph by presenting him with his personal keyboard during a live interview on CNN.
Tickets to the concert are $10 and are available online at www.friendsofmusicforhaiti.org .
Victoria Joseph began her violin studies at the age of three with her father, Romel Joseph. She received her Bachelorâ€™s in Music Performance from the University of Miami and has performed with a number of local music organizations. Ms. Joseph is currently involved with Walenstein Musical Organization, Walenstein Symphony Orchestra, The New Victorian School, and Friends of Music Education for Haiti.
Natasha Stojanovska began her piano studies at the age of eight. She received her Bachelorâ€™s in Piano Performance from Lynn University. Ms. Stojanovska has performed and won many awards and competitions in the US and abroad. She is currently obtaining her Masterâ€™s in Piano Performance at Indiana University.
Friends of Music Education for Haiti, Inc., a non-for-profit organization, was created by Romel Joseph in light of the complete destruction of The New Victorian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the January 12, 2010, earthquake with renewed energy and a new dream — to expand the music section of The New Victorian School into the creation of the first Haiti Performing Arts Center as his legacy to Haiti. FMEH will contribute to the development of music education and performance opportunities for the children, youth, and interested adults of Haiti. It will also help initiate musical training in all private and public schools throughout the country, explore Haitiâ€™s rich traditional music, and manage the construction of the new Haiti Performing Arts Center.