As the holidays approach, we take a look at the ways one of our programs is making a direct impact on people in need. Below, find the story of one person whose life was deeply affected by Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program.It took just one live performance to inspire a young woman in her early 20s to take charge of her healthcare. She was a mother. She was a music lover. And she had been an HIV patient for nearly her entire life. For three years, she'd been off her medication, ignoring the effects of her illness and the power she had to keep it in check. She didn't have the strength to stand up and fight for her life.But after that remarkable concert, which took place at the hospital where she was a patient, the woman felt compelled to ask the doctor who had known her since she was one: “So what meds do you think I should be taking?"
At long last, she had decided to fight. When
her doctor asked her why she'd changed her mind, she replied, “Those
kids said things in the songs I just heard that perfectly express what I feel but have never been able to articulate
clearly. I’m ready to stand up and fight. I’m ready to do this.”
An inspirational look at the power of music in the lives of six teens born with HIV.
That transformative performance was the culmination of a
three-month songwriting workshop run by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music
Institute as part of its Musical Connections program, and this young mother's story is just one of countless others like it. Musical Connections brings free interactive performances, creative
projects, and artist residencies to those in homeless
shelters, correctional facilities, senior-service organizations, and healthcare settings. In the 2011‒2012 season, the program
will reach 8,000 people through programming created in partnership with
host organization staff, government agencies, and first-class musicians
from diverse musical genres.Help support music programs like this one that have the power to motivate, transform, and inspire those in need. Your contribution will be matched if you donate now.These performances do more than just improve quality of life: They inspire. Your gift will help us continue these vital community concerts, and thanks to the generosity of an anonymous Carnegie Hall donor, you can have twice the impact: Your tax-deductible gift of $25 will be matched 100%. Please consider a contribution this holiday season.