Spreading Love through Music

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Performance dedicated to Maryam Yazdani by violinist Carissa Klopoushak
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Maryam Yazdani, shown playing the sanṭūr, a hammered dulcimer-like instrument that is part of Iranian classical music

As passionate supporters of the performing arts, you know that music, dance and theatre can be powerful expressions of love. This year, to show appreciation for dearly missed audience members, the NAC Orchestra invited patrons to dedicate a virtual performance to a loved one as part of a new series called From NACO With Love.

The first series ran from December 14 to 18 as part of the NACO Lunch Break series. Back by popular demand, the series will run again the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Dozens of heartfelt letters were received during the call for submissions in November of last year, describing the precious roles music, and their loved ones, play in their lives.

One of the first performances was by violinist Carissa Klopoushak who dedicated a performance of two pieces from her Ukrainian heritage to Maryam Yazdani on behalf of her daughter, Maral Shabani. Maral wrote “My mother is an immigrant woman, a musician, a political activist who fought for justice in Iran and was forced to leave her country, home and everything she had for the safety of her children.” She continued, “As we know music is a universal language, and in that language this dedication will give her the message of ‘thank you’ for all her hardship.” 

Carissa’s performance shows how love, and music, know no bounds and is shared in the way that only music can—straight from the heart.

The NAC Foundation sincerely thanks supporters like you who help make powerful virtual performances like these possible.

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