It has been announced this week that American violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins has been appointed as the Cincinnati Symphony‘s inaugural Classical Roots program Artist-in-Residence – effective from September 2018.
In her new role, Kelly will work with the ensemble and members of the local community for a number of outreach education and community performances and events – celebrating African-American musical traditions.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music and former prize winner at the Naumburg International Violin Competition, Kelly is the founder of Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul – a program which to date has brought more than 100 chamber music performances to New York City and Los Angeles homeless shelters.
KELLY HALL-TOMPKINS, JERRY BOCK & SHELDON HARNICK | FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (ARR. ORAN ELDOR) | FIDDLER RHAPSODY & SCHERZO
“I’m so excited to be the inaugural resident … this will be my first time working with the Cincinnati Symphony and I’m so looking forward to performing with the wonderful musicians …” she has said.
“I’ve planned a deliciously eclectic program … but I’m even more excited that we will premiere an important part of that program first in the homeless shelter,” she has said.