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Acclaimed pianist Soheil Nasseri returns to Washington, April 20, in concert for Kony’s child soldiers

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Returning to Washington, DC for the first time since his highly acclaimed concert at Strathmore Hall (Washington Post), pianist Soheil Nasseri will perform Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Schubert in a recital on Friday, April 20th, 2012 in Old Town Alexandria.  The concert will benefit the DC-based non-profit Grassroots Reconciliation Group, which aids former child soldiers in northern Uganda.

Nasseri was described by the New York Times as “consistently interesting… consistently thoughtful… a vivid imagination. Filled with character…” and by the Washington Post as having “true genius as an interpreter, [with] his diaphanous touch, beautifully judged rubato and melancholic, inward-directed tone…”

“Pianist Soheil Nasseri dazzles audiences with his innovative interpretations of known classic piano works,” said GRG Executive Director Sasha Lezhnev. “On April 20th, he will bring his talents to Old Town Alexandria, in a night to benefit Kony’s former child soldiers with concrete business and trauma healing projects.”

The concert coincides with Invisible Children’s “Cover the Night” initiative, which also advocates for Ugandans affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. 100% of proceeds to benefit the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

In addition to the concert, there will be a photo exhibit showcasing GRG’s co-founder, Sasha Lezhnev’s photography, which highlights the post-conflict ramifications of the LRA in northern Uganda.  Lezhnev’s photos will be available for purchase after the show. Lezhnev’s photos have been published by the Washington Post, CNN, the Boston Globe.

Started in 2007 and based in Washington, DC, Grassroots Reconciliation Group helps one in three boys and one in six girls in Uganda that have been abducted as child soldiers reintegrate back into their communities. The NGO provides start-up capital to small businesses and training projects that the communities themselves design, and fosters reconciliation through group projects. Currently working with over 500 participants through 21 projects, the group has helped the former child soldiers start 300 new small businesses and send over 700 of their children to school through project proceeds.

Through these fundraising efforts, GRG hopes to provide the most requested projects to its beneficiaries and continue to foster peace in the region, particularly along the the Uganda-South Sudan border.

Fri, April 20 2012, 8:00 pm, Reception with wine and food to follow. Tickets $35-70 at http://grassroots.ticketleap.com/soheil/ 50% of ticket sales are tax deductible.

The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Donations can be made at: http://grassrootsgroup.org/support-our-projects/

For more information, see www.grassrootsgroup.org and www.facebook.com/grassrootspeace

Contact: Sasha Lezhnev at sasha@grassrootsgroup.org or 202-481-8122

 

 

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