A HUGE, sincere thank you to each and every person that was involved in last week's successful benefit concert for the Alzheimer's Association. It was truly an honor to perform for such a receptive and loving audience while sharing the stage with such genuine musicians. ...in loving memory was easily the most emotionally exhausting recital I have ever presented and, yet, it was extremely rewarding and powerful to allow myself to be so vulnerable on stage.
Of course, pushing myself to my extreme limits since last September has certainly taken its toll. From professional audition prep in September, to my first senior recital in October, to my trip to Russia at the end of November, to a world premiere in Georgia in December, to all five graduate school auditions throughout January and February, to performing with the Louisiana Philharmonic in March, to last week's jam-packed schedule with the benefit concert and Lineage Percussion's school shows and recording sessions, it is no wonder that I am writing today's post while in bed with a cold! However, this has afforded me the time to reflect on last Wednesday's concert. Continue reading below to find out how much money was raised at the event, view photos from the concert, re-watch clips from the performance, and more!
Pictures from the Event
I simply cannot thank Alexa Nguyen enough for all the time she donated in helping publicize ...in loving memory. Every single image used in promoting the event was photographed and edited by Alexa. On the evening of the concert, she was running around all night capturing countless special moments on film.
With over 200 people attending the concert, I underestimated how challenging it would be to connect with everyone that came to the event. Upon looking back at the nearly 300 photographs, I realized that there were many familiar faces in attendance that I unfortunately did not catch at the post-concert reception. However, I am so thankful that I was still able to reconnect with many friends and family members after the concert and that many of those special reunions were captured on film.
The "Grand Total"
I am happy to announce that, on the day of the concert, we raised $1,754 in cash donations at the door! Combined with the $2,255 raised in online contributions, we raised over $4,000 for The Alzheimer's Association. This is certainly no small feat and this money will definitely assist in the continued search for a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.
While we did not reach my advertised goal of $10,000, I am still extremely proud. I should also mention that the origins of the original goal were deep-rooted in a much different version of my benefit concert. Initially, ....in loving memory was going to be a charity event to raise funds for both the Alzheimer's Association and the American Heart Association. I was hoping to raise $5,000 for each organization. However, I soon realized that a dual-charity fundraiser was going to be nearly impossible given the short timeframe and logistical obstacles. Once I settled on solely raising funds for the Alzheimer's Association, I decided to keep the goal at $10,000 even though I had originally intended to raise only $5,000 for each charity. Therefore, considering my initial goal of $5,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, we only fell short by $991!
...AND you can still donate!
Online contributions will continue to be accepted by going to the following link: http://act.alz.org/goto/trevorconcert
(Note: The donation link works best on a computer opposed to a mobile device)
Watch it again!
The full video from the performance is now uploaded online! Did you miss the event? Did you want to share a specific piece with a friend? Or did you want to go back for yourself to watch one of the repertoire selections again? Check out the "highlights" video I made below, featuring short selections from each of the pieces on the concert. If you would like to go back and watch any of the pieces all the way through (or catch my short speeches that preface each piece) you can check it out at: livestream.com/ffsom/events/7041357