SALINAS, CA—Famed Italian pianist Francesco Attesti will headline the Fifth Annual Concerts for Charity, a two-concert series held at the home of Karen and Tom Worthington in Salinas. The concerts, to be held on Friday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 24th, are open to the public and benefit Salinas-based nonprofit Kinship Center and Mount Shasta-based nonprofit Save the Rain.
Attesti is world renowned for his interpretations of the Romantic and early Twentieth Century Repertoire, often playing pieces from Bach, Chopin, Schubert and other classical composers. Performing with him are Matteo Galli, chief organist at the St. Maria presso St. Satiro Basilica in Milan, and Lorenzo Iosco, Bass Clarinetist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The artists will join attendees for food, drink and conversation following each concert.
“This event is so very special to my husband Tom and me because it features some of the most talented musicians from around the world, who are also great humanitarians. But the real draw for this event is that it enables us to make a difference in people's lives both right here in our own community and around the world,” said Karen Worthington, founder and host of Concerts for Charity.
The intimate setting of the concert—the Worthingtons’ living room—has made this Central Coast event stand out for Attesti: "This was how the great masters often performed, in the home of a patron with the audience gathered around the piano. I love the closeness of the audience in this setting because I can tell they are appreciating the music," Attesti said.
Worthington started Concerts for Charity in 2015 as a way to use world-class music to support the needs of her local community. Since then, Concerts for Charity, in partnership with other local and international rotaries and The Rotary Foundation’s matching global grant funds, has raised nearly $200,000. This support has provided clean water to families in Tanzania; medical equipment for women in Söke, Turkey; organic farming in Samsun, Turkey and vocational training for women in India, as well as benefiting organizations here on the Central Coast like Kinship Center.
“This is the third year we’ve been a beneficiary of Concerts for Charity, and we are so grateful to everyone involved for raising these vital funds that help us provide critical services for local children and families,” said Carol Bishop, Kinship Center Executive Director.
For tickets, sponsorship and more information, visit the event website at give.classy.org/Attesti.
About Kinship Center
Kinship Center recruits and prepares permanent new families for children who have been removed from their homes to keep them safe. Kinship Center helps kin caregivers and adoptive families through parent education, mentoring, family support groups, counseling, emergency intervention and licensed clinics that provide children’s mental health services. Kinship Center is located in Salinas, California.