Join the Spirit: Sunday, June 12, 2011 – 7:00 pm
KindredSPIRITS’ next World Humanitarian Aid Event will be presented Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA’s premier concert venue.
Our 60-Voice Gospel Choir of the combined music ministries from Faithful Central Bible Church with the LA Jewish Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Noreen Green will join with noted vocal artists, Roslyn Kind and Ilan Davidson, along with reknowned artists, David Benoit, piano, and Eric Rigler, Uilleann pipes, in this concert of world music celebrating healing, unity, and peace.
Special guest celebrities will introduce the music and KindredSPIRITS.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.
The 2,265-seat auditorium with natural lighting in which the audience surrounds the orchestra was designed to look and feel like a ship’s hull. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is wheelchair accessible and Phonic Ear sound system headsets for the hard of hearing.
From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and the Resident Companies that call the Concert Hall home.
International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization.
Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
Twenty-five years ago, a simple idea drove International Medical Corps first relief mission give local people the tools and knowledge to help themselves and the investment can sustain development beyond an existing crisis. A quarter of a century later, that once-groundbreaking idea of building the capacity of communities to tend to their own health care needs is accepted as a culturally appropriate, economically efficient, and politically stabilizing way to deliver assistance.
It remains the signature component of every International Medical Corps program even in the worlds toughest environments.
International Medical Corps focuses on the delivery of community-based primary health care. They emphasize training and education, and prioritize hiring local staff in fact, 96% of their field-based staff and health professionals are recruited from the local community. This helps to ensure that skills and knowledge are passed on and remain long after programs have ended.
Through the integration of specialties like emergency medicine, women’s health, nutrition services, water and sanitation, and mental health into the primary health care setting,International Medical Corps ensures that those served receive holistic, comprehensive care. The value of International Medical Corps integrated approach to community health and well-being and their emphasis on capacity building through training are critical for the long-term growth of conflict and natural disaster-affected communities and fragile states.
Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades – from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco – Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.
Long before the category now known as “world music” was named, Santana’s ever-evolving sound has always been ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st century’s pan-cultural landscape. And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music; Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.
The musical career of Santana has been nothing short of remarkable, initially emerging as one of the last major acts of the psychedelic San Francisco music scene of the late 1960s – including an appearance at the iconic Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York – and then forging forward to massive success in the 70s. Carlos Santana’s has remained a vital force within the music industry. His consistent commercial success in a career spans five decades. Santana boasts more than 90 million record sales and in 1998, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 1999 the group made a monumental comeback with album Supernatural, which proved to be their best-selling release of all time. Featuring a plethora of high-profile guests including Wyclef Jean, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill and Dave Matthews, the album won 8 Grammy Awards and a number one hit single with Smooth featuring Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20.
A native of Mexico, Carlos Santana’s love affair with music began at the tender age of five when he picked up the violin. From there, influenced by the likes of blues legends BB King and John Lee Hooker, he turned to the guitar and has since been inspiring audiences the world over.
Carlos has also devoted his life to social activism and humanitarian causes. He has contributed numerous benefits and charitable causes, among them San Francisco Earthquake Relief, Tijuana Orphans, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and education for Latin youth in association with the Hispanic Media & Education Group prompting numerous civic and humanitarian commendations.
In 1998, Carlos Santana and his family started the Milagro Foundation, the culmination of his decades of support for countless charities and non-profit agencies the world over. With more than $4 million in grants to date, Milagro supports organizations promoting the welfare of underserved children in the areas of health, education, and the arts.
Carlos donated more than $2 million dollars in the fight against the AIDS pandemic in South Africa through a partnership with ANSA (Artists for New South Africa). Other organizations championed by Santana include Hispanic Education and Media Group, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, Childreach, Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace, American Indian College Fund, Amnesty International, and the Los Angeles-based Museum of Tolerance.
Carlos’ influence and idealism is also felt in the groundbreaking project Architects of a New Dawn (AOND) www.aoand.com, a multi-platform media enterprise and social network designed to empower like-minded people from all walks of life to create positive change in the global community. AOND is architecting a new reality for the planet based on inspiration, creativity, love and forgiveness. Carlos is deeply honored to be named one of 2011’s Kindred SPIRITS Humanitarian Award recipients and wishes everyone “Peace.”
Dave Koz, the world-renowned saxophone player, initially picked up the saxophone as a means of gaining entry into his big brother’s band. For the young boy who grew up in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, what began as a ploy became a lifelong obsession. In a career spanning nearly two decades, Dave has established himself as a platinum-selling solo recording artist, humanitarian, music-business entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate. The recipient of four Grammy nominations, the list of artists Dave has played with bears testament to his talent – Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, U2, Michael McDonald, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis and Rod Stewart among others.
Dave is host of the weekend syndicated radio show, The Dave Koz Radio Show, that features artist interviews and music. The show currently runs in approximately 120 markets and is in its 10th year on the air. He has also recently become the host of Smooth Jazz Network’s afternoon show which is distributed nationally, along with hosting Smooth Air in Japan. In addition, Dave is a co-founder of independent record company Rendezvous Entertainment. Dave just released his 8th studio album At The Movies where he pays homage to classic film music.
In his role as a world-renowned saxophone player and syndicated radio host, Dave has rallied his fans to support Starlight’s programs, including helping to deliver cuddly bears to hospitalized children during the holiday season every year. While on tour, he has often visited hospitalized children and shared his music to lift their spirits. In addition, he and his family were also among the very first PC Pal sponsors – placing three units at Shriners Hospital Los Angeles in his mother’s memory.
In appreciation of Dave Koz’s 20 years of dedication to improving the quality of life of seriously ill children and their families, Starlight presented him with The Jacki Carlish Humanitarian Award at the 2007 A Stellar Night gala.