Panamá por los Niños de Siria 
Opens International Series of Children of Syria Concerts
Join the Global Movement as Our Children of Syria Events Emerge in Berlin, the Middle East, Washington D.C., New Haven, Boston & New York

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Nadine Perrault, Senior Advisor for Child Protection, UNICEF TACRO
PANAMA CITY -Panamá por los Niños de Siria, held at the Ateneo Auditorium of the Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge) in Panama City on June 4th, 2013, raised $7,460 for UNICEF's efforts for the Syrian Emergency. Co-presented by UNICEF Panama, UNICEF TACRO (The Americas and Caribbean Regional Office), United Nations Development Programme Regional Center for Latin America and Caribbean, City of Knowledge Foundation, REDLAC (Risk, Emergency, and Disaster Task Force Inter-Agency Workgroup for Latin America and the Caribbean), the Associacion Nacional de Conciertos Panama, and Music For Life International, Panamá por los Niños de Siria featured Music For Life International pianists, Mark Kuss and George Mathew in music by Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert. The event was attended by an audience of more than 450 people from communities all over the country.
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Mark Kuss and George Mathew perform Beethoven's Egmont Overture at Panama for the Children of Syria
The evening's music was chosen to reflect the mission of the Year For The Children of Syria. Beethoven's Egmont Overture is the musical tale of a struggle against oppression and occupation. A violent insurrection is attempted and fails (as 
violence always does) and the music falls silent. Out of this silence new possibilities of choice arise. A new kind of revolution, born of self-knowledge and humaneness takes hold. The result is a celebration of freedom and joy for all the people, victim and oppressor alike. In his Symphony No. 104, Josef Haydn took Croatian folksongs which celebrate local and rural cultures as well as the musical energies of children. We hear Haydn's message as a tribute to the cultural treasures that every human being carries inside their own memories and experience. The Schubert F Minor Fantasy ended our programme with its uncanny expression of the inexpressible at the extreme limits of human experience and emotion, something usually impossible for words.  
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Freddy Justiniano, Regional Head of UN Development Program in Latin America and the Caribbean speaks at Panama for the Children of Syria
Speakers at the event included Dr. Jorge Arosemena, Executive Director of the Fundacion Ciudad del Saber, Freddy Justiniano, Regional Director of UNDP LAC, Nadine Perrault, Senior Advisor for Child Protection, UNICEF TACRO and George Mathew, Artistic Director of Music for Life International. Four national level interfaith leaders including the Right Rev. Julio Murray, Episcopal Bishop of Panama; His Holiness Imam Mohammed El-Sayyed, Imam of the Islamic Center of Colón, Panama; Rev. Hector Quíros, of the Catholic Diocese of Panama City; and Baha'i Representative, Ms. Aurora Franco, offered prayers for peace at the event. We were thrilled to have the Orquesta Infantil De L'Escuela de Musica de Panama (Children's Orchestra of the Panama School of Music, a national program), representing the Children of Panama, presented a moving performance in support of the Children of Syria.
With Your Generous Support, The Year for the Children of Syria Will Resound Around the World


The enormity of the crisis in Syria and the inertia of the political process surrounding it have become distressingly familiar to all of us. The statistics are horrendous and continue to swell relentlessly. According to United Nations estimates, 4 million Syrian children are in need of immediate assistance out of the 6.8 million people now affected by the conflict. The brutality of the violence seems frequently to be aimed directly at children, more often than not, the youngest children.


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A Section of the Audience at Panama For the Children Of Syria

Our forthcoming events in Berlin, Washington DC, the Middle East, Boston, New Haven, and other cities around the world for the CHILDREN OF SYRIA will enable audiences, media, and communities to connect with this tragedy and the suffering of innocents through the extraordinary power of great music, and to be moved to bold action to end that suffering - but only with your support. On January 13th 2014 at Carnegie Hall, and in the months between now and then, we will place this crisis in Syria and the innocents affected by it on stages around the world. A host of musicians from many of the world's great orchestras are coming forward to be part of this YEAR FOR THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA, along with a growing community of artists, diplomats, and concerned individuals.  


The urgency and importance of this effort are clear, but to make it powerful we need your help. We have gathered the initial resources necessary. We would be very honored to have you participate in this concert as a contributor and supporter. With your help, we can create an impact beyond what any of us can do individually.


or make a tax-deductible donation of any amount today 


Donate online or send a check to: 

Music for Life International, Attn: Children of Syria

431 W 146th St, No. 4, New York, NY 10031


The funds raised by YEAR FOR THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA will be donated to UNICEF via US Fund for UNICEF and other UNICEF country agencies.


As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged us to remember at the launch of this
Year for the Children of Syria, "...the children of Syria are our children."  
Kenneth M. Kramer, Chairman
Mark Kuss, Acting Treasurer 
Music For Life International 
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The Children of Panama playing for the Children of Syria

Orquesta Infantil De L'Escuela de Musica de Panama


UNICEF "Panamá se une por los niños de Siria a través de la música"

Ciudad del Saber "Concert at the Ateneo for the Children of Syria"

La Prensa "Repertorio de paz por Siria" 


La Prensa "Música para curar" 


PAverte Photo Gallery "Concierto Panamá por los niños de Siria" 


PAverte Videos "George Mathews y sus conciertos humanitarios" 


La Estrella "Por los niños de Siria" La Estrella 


 Panama Magazine "Concierto Panamá por los niños de Siria"  



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Artistic Director George Mathew with religious and community leaders of Panama before the event, including the Rev. Hector Quiros of the Catholic Diocese of Panama City, Dr. Jorge Arosemena, Executive Director, Ciudad del Saber Fundacion, His Holiness Mohammed Al-Sayyed, Imam of the Islamic Center in the city of Colón, Aurora Franco of the Baha'i community, Alma Jenkins (UNICEF), Janibeth Miranda (UNICEF) and Episcopal Bishop of Panama, the Right Reverend Julio Murray,
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L-R: Mark Kuss, Alma Jenkins (UNICEF Panama), Nadine Perrault (UNICEF TACRO), George Mathew, Anna-Lucia D'Emilio (UNICEF), Inès Brill (UNDP LAC)

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MFLI Welcomes New Board Member
Robert W. van Zwieten

Robert van Zwieten is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association ("EMPEA"). Previously, he served as the Asian Development Bank's Director of Private Sector Capital Markets, based in Manila, Philippines. 


Robert has 25 years of global senior executive experience in financial services in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific (both developed and emerging markets). He has also lived in all three for extended periods. He has worked for Royal VOPAK, ABN AMRO Bank's Global Clients & Investment Banking Division, GE Capital and GE Energy, Lehman Brothers, and Singapore Exchange.


He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of International House. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (USA) in New York and of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).


Robert holds an MBA from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, JD and MA degrees from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and an LL.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law.

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Imam Mohammed El Sayyed of Colón, Panama offers an interfaith invocation for peace as Catholic, Baha'i and Protestant leaders look on
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Liechtenstein to the United Nations 
H.E. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser,  
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Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations


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Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations


H.E. Ambassador Mirsada Čolaković,

Permanent Representative of Bosnia & Herzegovina to the United Nations


Permanent Mission of Timor L'Este to the United Nations


Neil A. Weinrib & Associates 


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Banilivy Rug Corporation

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music for life international, inc. (MFLI) was created to conceive and present musical concerts and related events to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues in the United States and throughout the world. MFLI takes its name from the legendary MUSIC FOR LIFE concert led by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall in 1987.

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