Indian-origin leads concert for Pak flood victims in US

Last Updated: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:30

New York: George Mathew, the Singapore-born
Indian conductor of Western classical music, led an orchestra
to the tune of Beethoven`s Symphony No. 9 at a concert to
raise money for the flood victims in Pakistan.

"In gathering together as a community of musicians,
listeners and supporters, we send a message of solidarity and
human support to our fellow human beings in Pakistan," Mathew
said at Carnegie Hall here.

Photos of the people affected by the floods were shown
in the backdrop of the show called "Beethoven for the Indus

"The floods in Pakistan last year impacted 20 million
people, which is more than people hit by the 2004 Tsunami, the
2005 earthquake in Pakistan and the 2010 earthquake in
Haiti?combined," Nafis Sadiq, Chairperson for the American
Pakistan Foundation said.

"The recovery and rehabilitation efforts have only just
begun," said Sadiq, the former head of the United Nation
Population Fund and currently a UN adviser for HIV/AIDS.

"Pakistan is in a precarious place right now," added
Jacqueline Novogratz, head of Acumen Fund, a non-profit, which
will invest the funds raised in projects for Pakistan.

In this week, Mathew had performed four concerts at
Carnegie Hall to raise money and awareness about the 2005
earthquake survivors, the plight of refugees in Darfur and
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.

For his 2005 concert on Pakistan`s earthquake, Mathew
also chose Beethoven`s Symphony No. 9, which premiered in


First Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 00:30

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