That was just one of the comments we heard after the concert on 22 July 2010 held at St James Church in Sydney.
140 music lovers saw MicroLoan’s Patron, Simon Tedeschi, perform with violinist Mariia Gorkun and jazz pianist Kevin Hunt at Sydney’s answer to St Martins In The Field on Thursday night. All three freely gave us their valuable time, and their performances will be remembered by many of us for years to come.
The first half featured Mariia and Simon playing a number of classic pieces from the late romantic period. Works by Tchaikovsky and Saint Saens featured. Mariia’s playing was just exquisite and, combined with Simon’s precision and feel, created a magical mix of music.
In the second half, Simon teamed up with longtime friend and jazz pianist Kevin Hunt for duets that would make the represented composers of Gershwin and Bernstein forever impressed by the sheer joy of interpretations. Clair de Lune by Debussy also featured and was simply beautiful.
A standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert underscored how much people had enjoyed the evening.
Not only did everyone experience a great night, but we managed to raise over $4,400 from ticket sales. In addition, we were absolutely delighted to receive $2,000 from Globe Metals and Mining Limited, a listed Australian mining company, which is developing a multi commodity mine in central Malawi which should be fully operational by 2013.
We are also grateful to Hutchings Pianos who provided a magnificent tuned grand piano for the night without charge.
We would also like to thank St James Church for their assistance, and we encourage anyone who has the chance, to attend one of their Wednesday lunchtime concerts as the ambiance is simply stunning, and the acoustics magnificent.
A great night was had by all – and now 65 new loans can be written to allow some of the world’s poorest women work their own way out of poverty.