Episode 14 - Play that Classical Music

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This has been a time for healing as millions have suffered due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but there is amazing group of musicians that are helping with bedside concerts that care comforting patients.

This week, Joe is joined by Molly Carr and Andrew Janss the cofounders of Project: Music Heals Us, a non-profit organization that brings live music performances to those in need.

About Project: Music Heals Us:
Project: Music Heals Us is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide encouragement, education and healing through bringing high-quality live music performances and interactive programming to marginalized communities with limited ability to access the Arts themselves, with a focus on elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless populations. Now in its sixth season, Project: Music Heals Us is the recipient of the Father Merlet Award for Community Service, Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award, and the Music Academy of the West Alumni Enterprise Award – and has presented over 300 free concerts and workshops in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, retirement homes, food pantries, centers for individuals with disabilities, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and refugee centers around the globe.

About Molly Carr:
Praised for her “intoxicating” (New York Times) and “ravishing” (STRAD) performances of “passionate talent with beautiful poise” (AVS), Violist MOLLY CARR enjoys a diverse musical career as recitalist, chamber musician, educator and artistic director. She has been the recipient of numerous national and international prizes and awards, including the Primrose International Viola Competition, Chamber Music America, ProMusicis Foundation, Davidson Institute, Virtu Foundation, MAW Alumni Enterprise Awards, ASTA, and ARTS among many others. Her performances have taken her across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and been broadcast on CBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and National Public Radio in the US, as well as on Bulgarian National Television and Radio, the National Radio of Israel, and Hungarian National Television. In October 2018, Molly was honored at the United Nations for her work with refugees around the globe through the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, and was also chosen as one of America’s leading “Creative Women” – subsequently appearing on the Sandi Klein Show “Conversations With Creative Women.” She is a member of the Iris Trio, violist of the Carr-Petrova Duo, and the Founding Director of the award-winning organization Project: Music Heals Us, a non-profit which brings free chamber music performances and interactive programming to marginalized populations with limited ability to access the Arts themselves. Molly serves on the viola faculties of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, Juilliard School’s Precollege Program in New York City, and Musical Arts Madrid in Spain.

About Andrew Janss:
Hailed by the New York Times for his “muscularity and shimmering lyricism,” “insightful musicianship,” and “sumptuous elegance,” cellist Andrew Janss’ performances have been enjoyed across five continents in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, and the Louvre. Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, and Richard Goode, as well as chart-topping performers such as Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Florence + the Machine, Erykah Badu, and The Roots. Mr. Janss was previously the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet, with whom he was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two. He has served as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and tours with the band Break of Reality, recently to Eastern and Central Asia, Haiti, and Brazil.