An Exclusive MTF Event
On June 20, 2018, the Musician Treatment Foundation was thrilled to offer our VIP ticket holders an intimate musical evening with the incomparable Grammy-winning Diana Krall. Also in attendance were our first two raffle ticket winners!
Krall is one of our greatest living jazz artists. Since her debut in 1993, she’s sold over 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million across the world – nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum. She is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. The Musician Treatment Foundation is deeply honored to have Diana Krall on our Board of Directors, along with her husband Elvis Costello.
The evening began with a small pre-concert reception at the Moody Theater. Complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, it was a relaxed occasion for socializing, networking, and learning more about the work of the Musician Treatment Foundation. Founder and director Dr. Alton Barron spoke about the elegant simplicity of the mission to provide direct care to under- and uninsured professional musicians whose upper limb injuries prevent them from making a living through making music.
Diana Krall performed an almost two-hour concert with selections from her Turn Up the Quiet tour, backed by her sensational band: Robert Hurst on bass, Karriem Riggins on drums, Anthony Wilson on guitar, and Stuart Duncan on fiddle. The sound was romantic and enticing, a sultry offering of sweet angst and love. Krall performed many of the songs from her piano, giving old standards her inimitable fresh and vibrant interpretations in her signature contralto. The audience was rapt, perhaps especially so during “Isn’t It Romantic,” “Blue Skies,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and the unexpected Joni Mitchell classic, “A Case of You.”
After the concert, our VIPs were treated to a Meet & Greet with the ever-gracious Diana. She also posed with excited guests for our professional photographer. Along with delectable desserts, guests left the Moody Theater with Musician Treatment Foundation tote bags brimming with customized MTF Yeti tumblers (donated by Mood Media/Steve Richards), CDs and T-shirts autographed by Diana Krall, and more.
Through Diana Krall’s generosity of spirit and talent, the Musician Treatment Foundation raised over $30,000 with this small but exceptional fundraiser. The event was also made possible by generous support from Atlantic Records, Dean & Deluca, Dell Medical School, Mood Media, and OrthoManhattan. We are so grateful for this opportunity to raise funds and increase awareness for our mission: to serve the musicians who bring so much joy and love into the world through their music, yet lack any, or any adequate, health insurance.
Thanks to all who helped make this special evening a reality.