Hard Rock Heals Foundation supporter given the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award!
We’ve talked about Vijay Gupta before on this blog, and for good reason. Ted Talk veteran, killer violinist, humanitarian, and co founder of one of our favorite music charities, Street Symphony, Vijay is an advocate for the power of music to improve lives. Kudos, friend!
If you’ve ever seen “The Soloist,” starring Jamie Foxx, you are already familiar with Nathaniel Ayers’s story. The 2009 film was based on the life of Ayers, a Julliard-educated musician who has struggled with schizophrenia and homelessness throughout his life. After a chance meeting with Los Angeles Times columnist, Steve Lopez, Ayers was introduced to Adam Crane and Vijay Gupta of the LA Philharmonic. This relationship placed Nathaniel on the road to recovery and led to the creation of Street Symphony, a charity focusing on bringing music to the disenfranchised community of Los Angeles’s Skid Row.
Read more about Nathaniel, Street Symphony, and listen to a recent NPR story that includes the story of soldier returning home from Desert Storm and how music has helped him heal.
Following Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to focus on giving back to organizations that speak to your passion. Learn more here. Happy giving!!!!
Last week, Hard Rock Cafe Denver and Mix 100 hosted an intimate private acoustic show with the Goo Goo Dolls. Part of an ongoing series of shows Hard Rock has done with Mix 100, this show was the latest in a long line of excellent shows, which have included James Blunt, Jason Reeves, Duran Duran and others.