transformation through music

music for life international

Since its founding in 2006, Music For Life International has pursued its mission to create transformative social impact through music for the most vulnerable of our fellow human beings. Music for Life International takes its name from the legendary Music For Life concert led by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall in November 1987.

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Music for Life International presents

An Evening of Brahms

Elmira Darvarova, Violin

Zhen Chen, Piano

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Christ Church of Short Hills

66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey

Music For Life International and Christ Church in Short Hills present internationally-acclaimed artists – GRAMMY®-nominated violinist ELMIRA DARVAROVA (former Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera) and Global Music award-winning concert pianist ZHEN CHEN – perform the three sonatas for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms. The two musicians have recorded these immortal masterpieces by Brahms and are touring internationally with the same program, as well as with other performing and recording projects, hailed by the press for their “intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing,“ultra-impassioned performances,” and “silky-smooth voluptuous tone.”

Photo: KM Asad / Drik Picture Library. By permission

Beethoven for The Rohingya

A Concert of Solidarity for the Rohingya Refugees

David Amram Elegy for Violin and Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Monday, January 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm 

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at

Carnegie Hall

Tickets on sale now

from $17.50-$149 | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800

Box Office at 57th and Seventh Ave.

$10 off student / senior discount with ID at Box Office

Net proceeds to benefit

Doctors Without Borders / 

Médecins Sans Frontières

George Mathew Artistic Director and Conductor

David Amram Conductor

Elmira Darvarova Solo Violin & Concertmaster 

(Former Concertmaster, MET Orchestra)

Indra Thomas Soprano

Sarah Heltzel Mezzo-Soprano

Sean Panikkar Tenor

Soloman Howard Bass

Montclair State University Chorale

Heather J. Buchanan Conductor

Dr. John Lawrence (President, MSF-USA), Speaker

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Chamber Music for The Rohingya Refugees

Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm

Christ Church in Short Hills

66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Music for Life International and Christ Church in Short Hills present An Afternoon of Chamber Music for The Rohingya Refugees. Internationally-acclaimed artists - GRAMMY®-nominated violinist Elmira Darvarova (former Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera) and distinguished French hornist Howard Wall (long time hornist at the New York Philharmonic) perform a charming program of music by Bach, Mozart, David Amram, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla and others for Violin and French Horn. Some of the works have been arranged by the artists, and some have been created specifically for them. Elmira Darvarova last appeared in May 2017 at Christ Church in a program of the complete violin sonatas of Johannes Brahms.