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Beethoven for The Rohingya (2019)

“Music For Life International Presents Beethoven for the Rohingya At Carnegie Hall” - Broadway World

“Beethoven for the Rohingya” - Serenade Magazine

“Humanitarian conductor discusses Beethoven, empathy at music department event” - The Tufts Daily

“Short Hills Resident to Conduct Beethoven's Ninth at Carnegie Hall” - TAPinto Millburn / Short Hills

Mahler For Vision (2017)

“BPO musicians pitching in for Carnegie Hall charity concert” - The Buffalo News

“Mahler For Vision: A Concert For The Restoration of Vision” - PRWeb

“Mahler in the Service of a Vital Humanitarian Cause”

“Mahler 2nd @ Carnegie Hall” - Oberon’s Grove

“Mahler For Vision” - NYC Aesthetic

“Finding Light: Music For Life International” - 21CM

“BPO Musicians travel to Carnegie Hall to help end cataract blindness worldwide” - Buffalo Rising

Music For Vision India (2016)

“Music for Vision concerts to mark new phase in global campaign to eradicate cataract blindness” - Business Wire India
“Music For Peace” - The Pioneer
“Playing for a cause” - Deccan Herald
“Indian ragas, Western modes” - The Hindu

The Scheherazade Initiative:
Celebrating the Resilience of Women & Girls Facing Violence (2014-15)

“Against an orange stage, a powerful performance raises funds to end violence against women” - UNWomen

“Notes of Resilience” - India Abroad

“Ending Gender Violence through Music” - The Week (India)

“Musicians support efforts to end violence against women” - United Nations Radio

“At Carnegie Hall, classical musicians crescendo to end violence” - UN Women

“The Scheherazade Initiative Brings Together World-Renowned Musicians and Charity”- Classicalite

“Music for Life International to Present The Scheherazade Initiative at Carnegie Hall 1/26” - Broadway World

“The Scheherazade Initiative” - Caravan Magazine

December 5, 2013, Washington D.C. Launch of MFLI’s Scheherazade Initiative

“The Scheherazade Initiative comes to D.C. for women and girls who face violence” -

Shostakovich for the Children of Syria (2013-14)

Music For Za’atari Residency

“Music Residency Program in Za’atari, Jordan Refugee Camp” - Questscope

“Music in Za’atari” - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

“One month later: Music in Za’atari” - Questscope Blog

“Music for Life International’s Za’atari String Quartet Brings Life Changing Music to the Children of Syria at Za’atari Refugee Camp” - MFLI Newsletter

“Meet the Artists: String Quartet Bringing Concerts and Music Education to the Children of Syria at Za’atari Refugee Camp” - MFLI Newsletter

“The Spirit of Music—NWS Fellow Travels to Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan” - New World Symphony

Carnegie Hall Concert

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

“The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next” - New York Times

“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 New

“Shostakovich for the Children of Syria set for Carnegie Hall” - Broadway World

Panama for the Children of Syria

“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” -

“Panamá se une por los niños de Siria a través de la música” - UNICEF

“Concierto en Panamá por los niños de Siria” - Qué Hacer Hoy

“Por los niños de Siria” - La Estrella

“Concierto Panamá por los niños de Siria” - Panamagazine

“Concert at the Athenaeum for the children of Syria” - City of Knowledge

Year For The Children of Syria begins with Panamá por los Niños de Siria - MFLI Newsletter

Launch of Year for the Children of Syria at the Liechtenstein Residence NYC

“Year for the Children of Syria” - Times Square Chronicle

“Year for the Children of Syria Launched at the Liechtenstein Residence in New York in the Presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon” - MFLI Newsletter

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace (2011)

“A Timely Oratorio Arrives on New Year’s Eve | St. John the Divine Concert Sharpens Social Message” - WQXR

Beethoven for the Indus Valley (2011) 

At Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Symphony SIngs for Pakistan Flood Relief” - Voice of America TV

Indian Conductor Leads Concert in NY to Raise Funds for Pak’s Flood Victims” - India Tribune

“Beethoven Symphony Unites Americans for Pakistan Flood Recovery” - US State Department

“Musical Movement for Pakistani Community” - The Wall Street Journal

“Ravaged Pakistan Gets Beethoven for Aid” - Bloomberg News

“‘Beethoven for the Indus Valley’ Concert to Benefit Flood Victims Jan. 31” - Playbill Arts

“What a night! Beethoven for the Indus Valley at Carnegie Hall" - Acumen Fund Blog

“Beethoven Symphony Soothes Pakistan’s Flood Victims and Sends Them Succor” - East-West Inquirer

“Concert for Pakistan flood victims held in New York” - Associated Press of Pakistan

“Beethoven’s Music for flood victims” - Pakistan Tribune

Feature in Pakistan Express (NY, PDF)

Feature in Blue Chip (Pakistan, PDF)

Column in “The Score” - Symphony Magazine (PDF)


Mahler for the Children of AIDS (2009)

The Longest Mahler, Played With Urgency” - New York Times Music Review by Steve Smith

“Music as a civic 'conspiracy': George Mathew” - Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon

“Conductor's Zeal Rallies NYC for a Cause" - New York Post

“MUSIC: George Mathew uses music again to try to change the world" - SAJAForum

“Mahler Meets The Man With A Mission" -

“Mahler for the Children of AIDS” - Mahler Owes Me Ten Bucks Blog  

Requiem for Darfur (2007)

"Requiem for Darfur: A song of solidarity" - UNICEF MEDIA

"Making Music Speak for Those Without a Voice"  - The New York Times

"Requiem for Darfur" with a South Asian Connection” - South Asian Journalists Association

"Orchestral Maneuvers" - New York Magazine

Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon

"A Carnegie Hall 'Requiem' for Darfur Refugees" - NPR Weekend Edition

"Letters read on Feb 3, 07 re: Requiem" - NPR Weekend Edition

Beethoven’s Ninth for South Asia (2006)

BBC World Urdu Service

New York Based Conductor Organizes Benefit Set to Beethoven” - NY1 TV

“Musicians Amass for Earthquake Relief” - SYMPHONY Magazine

“Carnegie Hall Concert on January 23 to Assist Earthquake Victims” - Playbill

“By George, he’ll play at Carnegie” - DNA

“Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for New York quake fund-raiser” - Pakistan Daily Times

George Mathew 

Music For Life International & Founder George Mathew Receive the 2016 Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Award for Public Diplomacy from Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership - MFLI Press Release

“Finding richness in differences” - Deccan Chronicle

The Immortal Ninth” - New Times

“Concierto Inaugural del VII Festival Alfredo de Saint Malo” - Instituto Nacional de Cultura

“Festival De Saint Malo” - PanamaAmerica

“Entrevista con George Mathew, Participante del Festival ASM 2013” - VII Festival Internacional Alfredo De Saint Malo

“Interview with George Mathew” - Zee News India

“Music of the Heart” - The Indian American

Conductor George Mathew: Social and Cultural Entrepreneur” - interMezzo

“Handel Instead of Tchaikovsky With the Rockets' Red Glare” - The New York Times

Top 50 Coolest Desis of 2008 (George Mathew is #37) -

For a Good Cause, A Fourth of Mahler (George Mathew and Mahler for the Children of AIDS are cited in the first paragraph) - The New York Times