While our current focus is providing culinary and life skills training to kids, other work we have done over the years includes helping Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI), the Elf Foundation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the American Red Cross, Architects of a New Dawn (led by Carlos Santana), Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the Tech Museum, South Peninsula Community Teen Youth Group, Caring for Kids (through the NFL Alumni Organization), and Mountain View High School's music program. You can read more about these organizations and some fund-raising events we've done below.
Our fund-raising projects include producing a number of concerts including Carlos Santana, Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, Robert Silverman, and other rock, jazz, and classical musicians. All of these concerts were recorded and 100% of proceeds from sales went to support our efforts.
We were extremely pleased to be able to help LPCH and its patients by donating and building a state-of-the-art theater and music room for children who know too well what the inside of hospital room looks like. In this room, doctors are not allowed, and children enjoy things like new movies from Pixar before they hits the theaters, music, and other special events.
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is a hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally, and nationally the full range of health-care programs and services—from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury.
With over 700 physicians and over 5000 staff support and volunteers, Packard Children's Hospital is a world-class, non-profit hospital devoted entirely to the care of babies, children, adolescents and expectant mothers.
Because they are an academic medical center on the Stanford University campus, they benefit from a faculty and staff that is recognized as much for their achievements as for their commitment to care. Many of the doctors also serve as professors at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Internationally recognized for the care they provide, they also have an extensive network of community and outreach services in dozens of locations around the San Francisco Bay area, and the greater Pacific Northwest. As they continue to expand, Packard Children's Hospital is making it easier for children and mothers to access the care they need.
Sidebar: Buster Willams Trio in Concert
As a fundraising event for CFRI, we produced and recorded a concert with jazz greats Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, and Lenny White. The concert was sold out and was a beautiful bringing together of three of the most talented jazz artists alive today. This CD, along with others we have produced, is available for sale at www.audiohigh.com, and all proceeds from sales are donated to CFRI.
The Elf Foundation
The Elf Foundation was a non-profit charity that brought the enchantment of uplifting music and film to sick children around the country. By creating "rooms of magic" (private entertainment theaters) for children's hospitals, the Elf Foundation gave thousands of special kids something to look forward to and to enrich their lives.
Architects of a New Dawn (Carlos Santana)
Silver Linings brought Carlos Santana and his entire team to Mountain View to speak to hundreds of local investors and other individuals about the Architects of a New Dawn project and how individuals may help the effort. Google kindly hosted the first part of this event at their facility with close to 1000 people in attendance, and then a smaller followup event was held at Audio High's facility with about 100 people.
Centered around the idea that every person's every thought and action can be a personal choice to make a positive difference in the world, Architects of a New Dawn is a project, born from the dream and vision of Carlos Santana, to create a new global network, driven by extraordinary music and powerful media content. It is designed to engage people of all walks of life to work together to create positive change in the global community where love can replace fear and where peace can replace conflict.
Silver Linings also produced a concert featuring Carlos Santana. The concert was standing room only, and it was a huge success. We are very appreciative of Mr. Santana's ongoing work and passion for this project.
From the beginning, conservation is at the heart of all the Aquarium does—from innovative live exhibits to cutting-edge research, education programs and award-winning publications. As human activity puts marine ecosystems increasingly in peril, we make a renewed commitment to raise public awareness about ocean conservation issues.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit, self-supporting institution.
The Monterey Bay ranks among the world's most diverse and spectacular marine regions. The bay is at the heart of the largest protected marine area in the United States; by water volume, the largest in the world. The aquarium's permanent exhibits and galleries highlight the colorful and complex array of marine life found on California's central coast, from coastal wetlands to the open ocean and deep sea.
The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. This is done through public education, outreach programs, research, and other programs.
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through nearly 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.
Some four million people give blood—the gift of life—through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. And the Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 186 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people.
An average of 92 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.
The mission of the Tech Museum is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in science and technology experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought and inspire action. The Tech Museum does this through content and programs featuring "The Spirit of Silicon Valley" inspiring people, inventions and mind-set that continues to make this region the leading source of science and technology innovation.
The museum has hundreds of exhibits and has over 500,000 visitors every year. They have an annual operating budget of $10.2 million with 90 employees and over 400 volunteers.
The idea for The Tech Museum was little more than a dream back in 1978 when the Junior League of Palo Alto - and later the San Jose Junior League - struck upon a grand plan to create a dynamic learning center devoted to science and technology. Twelve years later, "The Garage" swung open its doors at downtown San Jose's former convention center on San Carlos Street and quickly became a valuable educational resource for children and young adults. Just eight years later, The Tech Museum moved into a bigger, dazzling 132,000-square-foot mango-and-azure-colored domed building, unlike any other in the Silicon Valley or the world. The Tech has become a landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most inventive place on Earth and a showcase of the latest blockbuster exhibits, high-tech gizmos and wondrous gadgets that continue to define Silicon Valley.
MVLA Music Program
School music programs have had their funding cut again and again and as result, today's youth do not grow up with the same strong background in the arts that American kids once did. And unfortunately, a large number of these young people do not otherwise have the opportunity to learn an instrument and grow up with a well-rounded education that includes humanities as well as sciences and other core classes.
In 2009, Audio High gave a large grant to Mountain View High School and transformed their band room into a high-tech teaching classroom, equipped with a 65" plasma TV, a high-end surround system, and tools for recording and analysis of music.
Caring for Kids
Organized as a 501(c)(3) in 1977, members of the NFL Alumni are guided philosophically by the fundamental ideals expressed in their motto: "Caring for Kids."
The basic objective of the NFL Alumni is to render useful public service by raising funds for worthy causes that, for the most part, are youth-oriented. The primary source of revenue is an annual series of celebrity golf tournaments in which expenses are substantially underwritten by participating corporate sponsors. Proceeds are directed to causes selected by host chapters, as well as to national outreaches.
The National Football League Alumni, Inc. is a non-profit service organization of former professional football players who work voluntarily on behalf of youth and charity. It was formed as an outgrowth of philanthropic and civic-minded impulses of men who performed at the highest level of the nation's most popular spectator sport and used that experience as a springboard to success in later life.
Pianist Robert Silver & The Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Audio High was proud to bring pianist Robert Silverman back to the Bay Area, this time for an eight-concert series of the entire cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas (32 in all). Silverman is one of the world’s premiere pianists, having reached a level of musical and technical authority that can only be accomplished after years of deep commitment to the instrument and its vast literature. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has climbed every peak of serious pianism.
Many aspects of Mr. Silverman’s playing are frequently noted: a polished technique, an extraordinary range of tonal palette, an uncanny ability to sing his way into the heart of a phrase, and probing interpretations of the most complex works in the repertoire.
He is one of the few pianists to tackle both the entire Beethoven piano sonata cycle and the complete Mozart piano sonatas. He has performed in prestigious halls across the globe, has performed with many of the world’s greatest conductors, and has produced many award-winning recordings. His complete discography includes 25 CDs and a dozen LPs.
I fell in love with his playing when writing a review of his 2003 Chan Centre CD, which includes the devastatingly difficult Liszt B minor piano sonata. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest.
Audio High has recorded and produced a set of 23 of these sonatas with Mr. Silverman. The recordings are available in mp3, CD-quality, high-res audio, and MQA (high-res).
The Concert Venue
The concerts were held at Le Petit Trianon's main theater on North Fifth Street in San Jose.
Built in 1923 as an adaptation of the often-replicated Petit Trianon in Versailles, the building today is home for many of San Jose’s arts groups and is a magnificent, intimate space in which to experience live performance.