On December 5, we enjoyed a fascinating and interactive performance by world-renowned pianist and humanitarian Kimball Gallagher. He performed once for the entire Middle School and then gave a second performance for teachers and high school students. Special thanks goes to the PTA for arranging this visit.
Hailed by critics as a “dynamo,” whose performance was “sunlit and rapturous” and “like a lightning bolt,” Gallagher’s sold-out 2008 debut at Carnegie Hall launched his international 88-Concert Tour, which seeks to revive salon culture through 88 performances in a variety of intimate venues. This unique four-year tour continues to gain momentum with performances in private homes throughout the United States, and distinguished venues all over the world, from the Kennedy Center to Kabul, Bombay to Boulder, Chicago to Shanghai and Tuscany to Tunisia. The seven-continent, 30 country tour culminates in the Spring of 2015 with a celebration concert at Carnegie Hall. Not only is Mr. Gallagher an accomplished pianist, but uses his talent to raise money and awareness of humanitarian needs.
During his two performances in ASIJ’s Ricketson Theater, Ms. Gallagher paused between songs to show us photos and videos from his travels around the world. The students were especially touched by seeing him working with students in Afghanistan at the first music school to re-open after they had been banned under the Taliban. We also were fascinated by his fusion of traditional “waste picker” chants with classical music in India. He explains, “There is no greater unifier than music; cutting through all differences; bringing disparate worldviews together and forming the foundation for trust. It is the perfect convening point – something we all agree upon – while dealing with the difficult work of making our world in harmony with our ideals.”
For more information, visit kimballgallagher.com