Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins brings music to the homeless

Posted on: September 13, 2013

Last Friday (9/6), the website of The New Classical 96.3, a New York City classical music radio station, interviewed violinist Kelly Hall-Tomkins, who performs widely as a soloist with orchestras. In 2005 she founded Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, which presents music in homeless shelters. “I founded Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul in 2005 to bring high-level, mostly classical chamber music performance into New York City homeless shelters. Since 2005 I have presented 65 concerts, presented over 100 of New York’s top artists, including world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax … Music Kitchen has reached thousands of shelter clients and remains a passion of mine because of its overwhelming success. … Over the years I have heard countless stories from listeners about how the music has impacted their lives in some meaningful way—giving perspective, respite, hope, beauty. The musicians who play are also changed … artists leave with a sense that their art is making a difference in the world. ” Tomkins has recorded two CDs, and will soon release a video: “for classical, the idea of videos has not been fully explored. I decided that creating a video would give me an opportunity to record, to use my creativity and imagination in a new way.”

Posted September 13, 2013