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Priti Gandhi & Ines Irawati in Recital

Local women shine as Bodhi Tree Concerts presents PRITI GANDHI, soprano & INES IRAWATI, piano with Elizabeth Brown, cello.

The concert centerpiece will be "The Work At Hand" - three songs based on poetry written by San Diego raised, the late Laura Morefield, daughter to San Diego legend, writer/critic Charlene Baldridge.The concert will benefit The Seany Foundation: Bringing hope and happiness to kids affected by cancer.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 7:00pm

St. James By-The-Sea

743 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Bodhi Tree Concerts, a San Diego pioneer of arts organizations partnering with and donating to charities, now in its sixth year of philanthropy through the arts, continues its 2017 season with local favorites. Join soprano Priti Gandhi (New York Philharmonic, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Seattle Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Diego Opera) and pianist Ines Irawati (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Orchestra Nova) for an evening of songs by Jake Heggie, Reynaldo Hahn, W. A. Mozart, Gene Scheer, and Antonin Dvořák, among others – in a tribute to the many kinds of love letters we write during our lives – to memories, to a partner, to life itself.

About The Work at Hand: Inspired by her mother's poetry and love for the art form, Laura Morefield (poet) began sharing her own writing after being diagnosed with cancer. She gained the interest and an avid fan in contemporary, young American opera composer Jake Heggie (composer) who set Laura's deeply personal poems to a beautiful score, having its premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2015.

The concert will benefit, The Seany Foundation. The core mission of the Seany Foundation is to bring happiness to kids affected by cancer. They provide immediate impact, healing and life-long support for kids affected by cancer and their families. Treat yourself to an exquisite evening of song for a great cause.

Tickets are $20 (students & military $10) and may be purchased online at

One hundred percent of the profits from this concert will be donated to The Seany Foundation. The Seany Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded to carry on the legacy of Sean Lewis Robins and his battle with Ewing sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer that affects soft tissue and bone. The Foundation was Sean’s vision. He first expressed the desire to start a foundation to help advocate for other kids who had cancer in 2005. He even named it “The Seany Foundation.”

After Sean’s death on November 17, 2006, the Robins family began working on making Sean’s dream a reality. To date, The Seany Foundation has raised over 3.8 million dollars in the fight against childhood cancer.

Award winning Bodhi Tree Concerts performs random acts of kindness by presenting music events, donating 100 percent of its profits to charitable causes. The group hires exclusively local artists, to inspire community engagement, philanthropy, and enlightenment through music. The organization has already presented over 20 concerts and donated thousands of dollars to over 20 charitable organizations including Mama’s Kitchen, Voices for Children, Erase Poverty, and Foundation for Women, just to name a few. Bodhi Tree Concerts won a coveted San Diego Bravo Award in 2013, a Best of Fringe Award in 2014, a Best of 2014 and 2015 from, and most recently a Critics Choice Award in 2015 for their SD Premiere of Tears of the Knife.

For more information and press tickets please contact Diana DuMelle, (917) 596-9359, or

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Priti Gandhi, Soprano - BIOGRAPHY

Ines Irawati, Piano - BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth Brown, Cello - BIOGRAPHY

Laura Morefield & Charlene Baldridge

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