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O.A.R. Comes Full Circle in Concert for Wounded Warriors

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Dec 20,2012
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,

O.A.R. gives a solid two-and-a-half hour concert at Strathmore Music Center.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - In 1997, O.A.R. recorded The Wanderer at Gizmo Recording Company in Silver Spring, Maryland with engineer/producer Gantt Kushner. The four band members, Marc Roberge, Chris Culos, Richard On and Benj Gershman graduated from Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland.

By Gale Curcio
Members of O.A.R. salute Conductor
Ulysses James and members of the
Beethoven Found Philharmonic.

The four of them moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, they met Jerry DePizzo, from Youngstown, Ohio. In 2000 they returned to Gizmo Recording to record Souls Aflame.
In 2001, the band formed their own charitable fund called the “Heard The World Fund” to help provide resources for under-funded educational and youth programs both in the U.S. and abroad. To date well over $200,000 has been raised and the majority of that money comes from the band donating a small portion of every ticket sold.
Fast forward to 2012 – and O.A.R. returned to Maryland to perform one of these fundraisers in collaboration with local group Beethoven Found, a 501(C)3 charitable corporation, that was established to utilize major symphony orchestras to help support wounded warriors and people in need by organizing concerts to raise funds, provide entertainment, culture, and classical music education in a fun environment.
For the first time ever, Beethoven Found's Philharmonic performed with music sensation O.A.R. for a benefit concert at Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD.

Members of O.A.R. perform along with
Conductor Ulysses James and members of
the Beethoven Found Philharmonic.

Executive Director H. David Meyers started Beethoven Found after years of accomplishment as a world renowned classical musician. Playing at Carnegie Hall when he was just 15, Meyers was likely the youngest Oboist in the world at the time and regularly began performing solos with members of the National Symphony Orchestra throughout his musical career. He even had the honor of playing for the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, one of Russia’s most prestigious orchestras, as the soloist on a recording of a Beethoven concerto whose score had been lost for almost 200 years.
As with all their “Heard The World Fund” concerts, O.A.R. will donate proceeds from this most recent concert to Beethoven Found/Wounded Warriors and schools in Ohio.
It was clear during the concert that their roots are from Rockville, Maryland. There were several mentions of Rockville and lead singer Marc Roberge made several references to friends that were in the audience.

Tom Curcio, Jesse Torbert, Agustina
Moppett, Ellen Farino and Peter Curcio
enjoy the concert.

O.A.R. performed for a solid 2 ½ hours – performing both new and classic tunes. They took a very short break only to bring on members of the Beethoven Found Philharmonic to perform the last 5-6 songs with them. It was so seamless that it was hard to believe that this was the first time this collaboration was done.
After the concert, sponsors and their guests were invited to a reception with several of the band members and musicians from Beethoven Found Philharmonic.
For more information about Beethovenfound, visit

Beethoven Found director H. David Meyers meets with guests after the O.A.R. concert.
Gale Curcio, Peter Curcio, Agustina Moppett, Jesse Torbert, Ellen Farino and Tom Curcio before the O.A.R. concert.
Fans rock to the sounds of O.A.R.
Nancy and Ul James relax at the reception held after the O.A.R. concert.

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