Mahler for Vision: A Concert for the Restoration of Vision

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Mahler for Vision: a concert for the restoration of Vision is being staged  at the prestigious Stern Auditori- um/ Perelman Stage in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” is slated for Monday, Febru-ary 13 at 8 pm.

Net proceeds will benefit HelpMeSee, committed to ending Cataract blindness, a press release stated. The concert aims to highlight the restoration of vision to the millions around the world affected by treat-able cataract blindness. The net proceeds of Mahler For Vision will benefit the visionary organization HelpMeSee and its unique ef-forts to end preventable cataract blindness and enrich the dignity of all those affected through the innovative use of cutting edge technology and transformative socio-eco-nomic models for distributing these critical public health services.

“Music has the extraordinary power not only to gather communities to solve prob-lems like preventable cataract blindness, but also to illuminate the solutions to those problems. Mahler’s own words in the Res-urrection Symphony, ‘O believe, my heart, that you have not suffered in vain,’ offer to all who seek the radiant hope for a future of light and joy,” said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Featured Artists include, George Mathew, Artistic Director and Conductor; Elmira Darvarova, Concertmaster (Former Concertmaster, MET Orchestra); Indra Thomas, Soprano; Susanne Mentzer, Mez-zo-soprano; and members of MasterVoic-es. Ted Sperling, Artistic Director featuring principal musicians from the world’s great orchestras, ensembles, and academies, are generously donating their artistry to eradi-cate cataract blindness.

HelpMeSee is a non-profit social enter-prise committed to ending the global health crisis of cataract blindness, the leading cause of preventable blindness which impacts over 20 million people worldwide. By developing the world’s first comprehensive Eye Surgi-cal Simulator to provide training to address the critical shortage of skilled cataract spe-cialists, HelpMeSee is building local capac- ity and bringing affordable and high-quality care to under-served markets.

HelpMeSee’s comprehensive solution to cataract blindness includes surgical training, patient outreach, and support for sight-re-storing cataract procedures that standardize the quality of care, medical supply chain, and evaluation practices to ensure safe surgeries. Since founding in 2010, HelpMeSee part-nered with 290 partner surgeons across 10 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and supported over 250,000 surgeries.

Forbes, Bloomberg News, Voice of America, Vision Monday, All India Radio, and Philanthropy News Digest are among the news media which have featured Help-MeSee.

Music for Life International, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that was established to create social impact in a variety of sectors through music. MFLI presents musical concerts and related programs to promote the awareness of major international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues in the US and around the world. MFLI takes its name from the legendary MUSIC FOR LIFE con-cert organized by Leonard Bernstein in 1987 at Carnegie Hall. music4lifeinternational.org

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Born and educated in India, Ajay Ghosh came to the United States to pursue his higher studies in Journalism in 1997. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the School of Journalism at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, his life as a professional journalist began in the summer of 1999 in New York City. Starting as a reporter for India Post, he worked as the New York Bureau Chief of Indian Reporter and World News from 2000 to 2005. Having a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Ajay writes on social and other issues for TheIndianEye.net