transformation through music


Music in Za’atari Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Stories

The Scheherazade Initiative comes to D.C. for women and girls who face violence, Dec 5, 2013 Launch

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next ‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert New York Times

Syria civil war: Kinan Azmeh's Every Day is a Sad Morning BBC News

Shostakovich for the Children of Syria BBC Radio

On The Line with George Mathew and Kinan Azmeh Voice of America

Syrian Children Concert CBC Radio-Canada (concert segment begins at 15’)

For the Children of Syria Symphony Magazine
(see page 12)

3 BPO musicians playing tonight in Carnegie Hall charity orchestra The Buffalo News

George Mathew ’91 Her Campus Amherst
September 2013

The Immortal Ninth New Times Los Angeles

About recent documentary Following the Ninth, George Mathew is a Narrator

“Year for the Children of Syria” Video & Article from April Launch, Times Square Chronicles

“Repertorio de paz por Siria” La Prensa

“Música para curar” La Prensa

Photo Gallery “Concierto Panamá por los niños de Siria”

Videos “George Mathews y sus conciertos humanitarios”

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Shostakovich For The Children of Syria 

Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Opus 60, "Leningrad"

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

Monday, January 13, 2014, 8 PM

By permission. UNHCR/ A. Branthwaite

Net proceeds benefited Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières humanitarian programs for Syria.

Program indeded
Kinan Azmeh: "Sabah Hazeen, Kul Sabah"

"A Sad Morning, Every Morning" for Solo Clarinet

George Mathew, Artistic Director and Conductor

Elmira Darvarova, Concertmaster

(Former Concertmaster of the MET Orchestra)

Kinan Azmeh, Solo Clarinet

Principal Musicians from The New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and others

Music For Life International 

launched Year for the Children of Syria with

United Nations Secretary-General H.E. Ban Ki-moon

at the Liechtenstein Residence in New York on April 25th 2013


Artistic Director, George Mathew, introduces the audience to Shostakovich for the Children of Syria with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looking on.

Music for Life International Presents


Celebrating the Resilience
of Women and Girls in the Face of Violence

A series of music events in Washington DC, New York City, and New Delhi

Monday, January 26, 2015

8 PM

Carnegie Hall

Stern Auditorium/

Perelman Stage

Ravel Shéhérazade 



Attend the Concert

Tickets on sale from $35 - $149 at

CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh

15% Early Bird Discount until December 20 with code EBD20813

$10 Student/Senior discount with valid ID at the Box Office


Net proceeds will benefit the

United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

George Mathew, Artistic Director and Conductor

Elmira Darvarova, Concertmaster

Former Concertmaster of the MET Orchestra

Robert Langevin, Flute

Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic

Susanne Mentzer, Mezzo-Soprano

Sarah Kay, Spoken Word Poet

Principal Musicians from The New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus, and others

Photo Credit: UN Trust Fund/Phil Borges. Used by permission

Music for the Children of Syria at Za'atari Refugee Camp

August 20-27, 2014

Thank you for a successful Kickstarter!

You can still contribute to this effort via PayPal.

If you or your corporation would like to support ongoing music programs in Za’atari, email 

Residency by MFLI musicians to bring hope and healing to Syrian refugee youth and children in Za'atari Camp, Jordan

In August, we brought a string quartet of amazing musicians from major orchestras to Jordan:

Mary Ann Mumm, Violin, MET Orchestra (former)

Deborah Greitzer, Violin, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Craig Mumm, Associate Principal Viola, MET Orchestra

Rosanna Butterfield, Cello Fellow, New World Symphony "America's Orchestral Academy"

These artists generously shared their artistry in a string quartet residency from August 20-27 for young people and their families at Za'atari Refugee Camp, the largest Syrian Refugee Camp.

We performed the music of Shostakovich, Borodin, Haydn, and Syrian composer and Tufts University faculty member, Kareem Roustom. Our residency - a partnership with Questscope, a visionary non-profit organization, and the world renowned  Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University - also included music education activities for the youth and children at Za'atari camp. The ensemble presented a masterclass/workshop for advanced students at the National Music Conservatory/King Hussein Foundation in Amman in connection with the residency.