Fiddler on the Lawn
Newsletter #4
Updates about our upcoming event!
Message from Alexandra and Nina :)
We've been joking about naming our series the “Crisis Concerts” — we sure have been weathering a lot of storms, with COVID-19 and quarantine and protests and curfews! Our “concerts” are going strong, though. Remember, the musicians aren’t rehearsing or preparing, just exploring incredible masterworks of chamber music repertoire along with you, sight-reading on the spot. So they’re reluctant to call them real concerts, just musical experiences — ones we all need right now, just to feel something beautiful. It’s such a fun ride for the musicians! And all of your encouraging feedback has been really helpful.

Last week, the quartet played Haydn’s Opus 64 no. 5 (nicknamed “The Lark”) to start the program, and then read through Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet. They finished off with Beethoven, Opus 18 No. 3. Quite a handful! They had a blast! 

We’ve been in touch with Our House Grief Support Center — they’re thrilled that we’ve started this project! We’ve raised over $1700 so far, due to our audience’s incredible generosity. That’s a truly amazing sum of money for Our House: this money will help so many — even $50 can sponsor a grieving child or teenager who can’t afford counseling during this pandemic! As you can imagine, so many kids need a helping hand when dealing with loss (especially now when they can’t turn to their friends due to social distancing), and your support is helping to make that possible. THANK YOU.
Last week's quartet (same as this week!) playing Hadyn, Dvorak, and more.
This Week on the Lawn ...
Who's playing? We have our returning string quartet this week, with Sarah Thornblade and Nina Evtuhov on violin, Shawn Mann on viola, and Paula Hochhalter on cello.

Where is the concert? 549 Arbramar Avenue, Pacific Palisades, 90272

When should I come? Friday, June 12th from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Want to Donate?
Click on this button to donate money directly to our PayPal account so that we can transfer it over to Our House Grief Support Center! Or just donate a few bucks when you come to the concert. :)
For those of you new to our program, here's a quick explanation of the origins of Fiddler on the Lawn!
I'm Alexandra (Sasha) Schoettler, and I’m a sophomore at Pali High. Like all of us, I’ve been feeling a bit scared and helpless during this time of crisis, and I’ve been looking for a way to help support families dealing with sickness and loss due to COVID-19. As someone who has dealt with loss myself — my father had cancer and passed away in 2010 — I know that one of the most important and helpful ways to grieve is to spend time with your family and friends. However, due to the stay-at-home orders and social-distancing rules, many people who have to cope with loss during this global pandemic are unable to lean on their loved ones in the way we’re all used to. Our House Grief Support Center, an organization that helped me when I lost my father, is working to help adults, teens, and children who are experiencing loss during these uncertain and frightening times through grief support groups and phone sessions. 
I want to support Our House through donations that will be raised by the neighborhood concert series that my mom and I are organizing called Fiddler on the Lawn. We want to bring music to the community as well as raise as much money as we can in order to help those dealing with loss of loved ones during this global pandemic and more.

We'll be posting our upcoming concerts as well as pictures and more!
Learn more about Our House here!
Thank you all so much for your interest and support in our project! We're so excited to be bringing music to the neighborhood and to be able to support Our House.
See you soon!
— Alexandra, Nina, and Clara :)