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Beethovenfound – Not Your Typical Symphony Orchestra

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Feb 17,2012
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,
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Steven Jacobs Photography <br />Ulysses S. James conducts the performance.
Steven Jacobs Photography
Ulysses S. James conducts the performance.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Going to a Beethovenfound concert is not like going to a typical symphony orchestra. The show may start on time – and it may not. It may follow the order of the program – or it may not. A ringing cell phone during the performance will simply be factored in, and if the guest of honor is late, he will just be move to the next slot so that the show can go on.

Steven Jacobs Photography <br />Tom and Gale Curcio enjoy the After Concert Party at Rivers.<br />
Steven Jacobs Photography
Tom and Gale Curcio enjoy the After Concert
Party at Rivers.

No matter what, however, it will be a great show and feature great music. H. David Meyers, founder of Beethovenfound, a 501(C)3, charitable corporation that was created to utilize major symphony orchestras to help support people in need by organizing concerts to raise funds, provide entertainment, culture, and classical music education in a fun environment, will make sure of that.

Like last year’s Kennedy Center show, last week’s performance, A Concert for Project Blessing and a Tribute to Wounded Warriors, was also sold out at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center.

“It was a full house – 500 in attendance and $20,000 raised for our Beethovenfound Wounded Warrior Trust project,” said Meyers.

General Hugh Forsythe, Member of Advisory Board, Beethovenfound Tribute to Wounded Warriors, said, “The concert on Friday night was outstanding. The WW were very appreciative of the recognition and tribute paid to them. I'm very proud to be part of this organization.”

Steven Jacobs Photography <br />Service dog.<br />
Steven Jacobs Photography
Service dog.

Once again, Meyers wove his grateful acknowledgements of all the donors and volunteers into his introduction of musicians and special guests. A donor who has always wanted to be part of an orchestra is invited to the stage to be ‘page turners.’ Another donor’s wife appears as one of the main soloists.

Ulysses S. James, Music Director and Conductor, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, conducted the performance. Meyers was host and performed several pieces on the oboe. Angela Stribling performed Ave Maria and Bésame Mucho; and Nathelene Moore sang Wind Beneath My Wings.

Lazo Momchilovich performed oboe along with Meyers. Robin Fay Massie was a guest violist and Ryan Conway guest oboist.

Sergeant (Ret.) Jeddah Deloria was honored for his service – and shared his amazing story. Wounded in Northern Afghanistan on August 22, 2007, Deloria lost most of the sight in his right eye. Doctors kept the eye in place hopeful that technology would progress enough to save his vision. Four years later, Deloria eyesight was successfully restored with surgery and he now was 20/25 vision.

Accolades for the performance included, “Hey!  You were so great and entertaining tonight!   Wonderful event!”

“Thank you H. David for a wonderful evening!!!”

“Thank you SO MUCH for the tickets tonight. They had a little trouble finding seats for us to sit together but we got it all worked out. Enjoyed the music and you definitely made it fun,” Erik Lipscomb, Music Teacher at Burke School.

“Miguel and I want to express our thanks for inviting us to your concert on Friday evening. We had a wonderful and inspiring time throughout. Thanks also for introducing us to Mr. Osnos and his wife - we had a lovely time getting to know them at the reception. We hope that your upcoming initiatives on behalf of wounded warriors are a rousing success and look forward to seeing you again in the near future,” Best, Nataliya

Steven Jacobs Photography <br />Band performs at After Concert Party at Rivers.<br />
Steven Jacobs Photography
Band performs at After Concert Party at Rivers.

Guests gathered after the Kennedy Center concert at Rivers at the Watergate for music, fun, food, dancing and special people.

Another performance by the BeethovenFound Philharmonic is scheduled for Friday, March 16. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and will feature the World Premier of the winning film of the World Music and International Film Festival (WMIFF) True Bromance  with the movie score performed live by the orchestra.

Most of Meyers’ focus, however is on his Memorial Day Tribute to Wounded Warriors. Scheduled for May 27, 2012,  at The Great Meadow Event Center
(5089-Old Tavern Rd, the Plains, VA), it will feature the largest group of talented performers ever assembled for any occasion.

Members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and National Symphony and other professional symphony musicians will come together to create a 200-member orchestra with a 500-strong chorus conducted by Maestro Ulysses James. More than six major bands will perform on a specially constructed stage surrounded by risers for the chorus and two Jumbotrons will show the action.

Steven Jacobs Photography <br />H. David Meyers does a special oboe duet with 12-year-old Ryan Conway.<br />
Steven Jacobs Photography
H. David Meyers does a special oboe duet
with 12-year-old Ryan Conway.

There will be more than 100 corporate tents with free barbeque and beer trucks serving our 30,000 guests. A Wounded Warrior softball team will play in front of the crowd.

There will be free wine tasting from over 30 wineries and an air show will fly overhead. There will be games and fun for children of all ages in a carnival-type atmosphere, and much more.

Meyers said, “Our goal that day is to raise more than a million dollars for Wounded Warriors and their families. Our overall goal is a "National Wounded Warriors Day" and a national telethon to raise tens of millions of dollars in a single day.”

For more information about Beethovenfound, visit http://www.beethovenfound.org/.

For more information about Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, visit http://www.wmpamusic.org/.


Steven Jacobs Photography <br />Robin Fay Massie on viola and H. David Meyers on oboe.<br />
Steven Jacobs Photography
Robin Fay Massie on viola and H. David
Meyers on oboe.

Steven Jacobs Photography <br />Members of INSPIRE sing ‘The Impossible Dream.’<br />
Steven Jacobs Photography
Members of INSPIRE sing ‘The
Impossible Dream.’







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