NEW YORK(Apr. 15) — In an event inspired by an evening of song, dance and chamber music with performing artists from all over the world, Omnilogy, Inc.’s first classical music benefit concert, “Inspiration Heals: Bridging the Gap Across Cultures and Between Cultures” held at Merkin Hall in Manhattan recently drew a sizable number of attendees in support of their purpose and fundraising efforts.
“Indeed, it was brilliant performance,” said Martha Voulgari, artistic director and choreographer of the concert. Voulgari choreographed the two-hour concert, which included a repertoire of performing artists from classical guitarists, pianists, violinists, cellists, opera singers to dancers — turning the event into a night to remember and an evening delight.
When asked what she thought people remembered best about the event, she said: “I believe it’s the event itself. There were five performances for the first part and five also after the intermission. Each performance was in itself a unique one…and outstanding as well. So really, as I am concerned, it is the totality of the concert that people remembered.
According to Voulgari, an international “Who’s who” of artists donated their time and talent in support of Omnilogy’s worthy cause. They were: Gulruhk Abdikadirova (violin), Racquel Borromeo (piano), Meagan Brus (soprano), Luis Casal (violin), Elissa Cassini (violin), Vernon Di Carlo (tenor), Paul Gintov (piano), Alexander Gurevich (viola), Cecilia Kwok (cello), Mariane Lemieux (soprano), Enrique Márquez (viola), Adrienne Pardee (soprano), Jeremy Rafal (piano), Christina Renckens (dance), Pablo Sainz-Villegas (guitar), Liza Stepanova (piano), Suzanne Schwing (mezzo-soprano), and Laura Virella (mezzo-soprano).
Bridging the Gap is a series of benefit concerts for the underprivileged most especially the poverty stricken children of the world. The concerts aim to bridge the gap across and between cultures, and to provide empowerment opportunities for poverty-stricken communities in Southeast Asia. The series advocates that “Inspiration Heals” and promotes One Humanity.
April DeQuito, founder and CEO, said Omnilogy Inc. was founded in 2008 as a multi-faceted approach to empowering people and improving the cultural, socio-economic and environmental aspects of communities in Southeast Asia through the power of inspiration. Omnilogy recognizes and aims to merge the demand for innovative and effective ventures through different rosters of professionals coming from diverse backgrounds and expertise who are eager to participate in philanthropy and sustainable development work.
She said projects are carried out by assigning a team of leaders that will work in collaboration with the local government and other organizations. Multiple beneficiaries are targeted through the different and custom-made approaches designed by Omnilogy Inc.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the underprivileged communities in Cebu City, Philippines.
Omnilogy has a number of events planned for 2009 and beyond. Among these is “Footprints in the Ocean” – a Painting and Photo Exhibit – fundraiser/silent auction which will be held on April 23, 2009, 7 p.m. at Covo Lounge [701 West 135th Street (corner of 12th Avenue).
In addition, in cooperation with the Arts Council of Cebu, Omnilogy Inc. is planning a number of fundraising activites in Cebu, including a 10-day event consisting of a Music and Art Festival from July 27-August 8, 2009. This event will also include Bridging the Gap series workshops, and various outreach activities for the underpriviledged communities such as livelihood training programs, alternative education workshops, and much more.