Stowell plays Concerts for Hope

Mar 28, 2018
Students of Lina’s Hope practice on the therapeutic crawling track.

Pianist Patricia Stowell, faculty member of Bay Chamber Music School and a longtime supporter of Lina’s Hope, a school and therapy center in Cambodia, will play several benefit concerts in the coming weeks.

The first will be Friday, April 6, at 4 p.m. at the Ocean House of Penobscot Shores, 10 Shoreland Drive, Belfast. On Wednesday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m., Stowell will perform in the in the Bay Chamber Music School recital hall, top floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St., Rockport. The final public concert will be Saturday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. at Bangor’s All Souls Congregational Church.

Stowell teaches private students and master classes at Bay Chamber; and has been director of the Kneisel Hall Maine Young Musicians Program in Blue Hill for 15 years. She maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and competition adjudicator. Her European performances include concerts in Bulgaria, Austria, Poland and Germany, in addition to lecturing in Moscow.

Stowell’s benefit concert program includes works of Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Bach, Schubert, Liszt and Gershwin. She also will introduce some of the children of Lina’s Hope through slides and videography. Suggested donations start at $20.

Heap and Jennifer Him in Kampot, Cambodia, care for the poor and outcast — specifically physically and developmentally disabled children and young adults who have suffered brain injuries. Jennifer was born and raised in LaMoine and met Heap, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge slave labor camps, at a Christian university in Philadelphia. At Lina’s Hope, children receive healthy meals, intense physical therapy, education in Khmer, math, science and Christianity. The charity also provides education for parents of disabled children in Cambodia, as well as room and board and foster care for children rescued from crisis situations. Children have regained sight, speech and ability to walk due to the loving care of the staff of 14, who serve more than 20 children at the school. To learn more, visit the Lina’s Hope Facebook page.

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