Search

 

Cablegate: Post Evaluation On Classical Pianists Program

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS COLOMBO 002041

SIPDIS

STATE FOR SA/PD-LSCHWARTZ/LFSCENSNY;
ECA/PE/C/CU-JMERANTE; SA/PPD-SHUDSON-
DEAN/KWAINSCOTT/JDAVIES; SA/INS

E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: KPAO OIIP SCUL CE OEXC
SUBJECT: POST EVALUATION ON CLASSICAL PIANISTS PROGRAM

REF: (A) Wainscott-Lohof email, 11/25/03; (B) State 33066

1. Headline: COLOMBO BRINGS AMERICAN CLASSICAL PIANIST TO
SRI LANKA

2. The enduring value of performing arts programs was
illustrated once again when the American Pianists
Association, Embassy Colombo, and ECA brought Michael
Sheppard, a gifted, young American classical pianist to
Sri Lanka. While in the country Sheppard appeared on MTV
(independent telecaster, islandwide penetration) and
performed in concert with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri
Lanka. He also gave two by-invitation-only concerts: in
Kandy his performance was co-hosted with the Mayor and the
Municipal Council; in Colombo his concert at the Residence
was the focus of Ambassador Lunstead's social debut.
Additionally, Sheppard and the APA's artistic director,
Joel Harrison, conducted master classes in Colombo, Galle,
and Kandy.

3. September 22-October 1, 2003, Fourth Quarter

4. Justification and Objective: Here, as in many other
places around the world, classical music enjoys the
patronage of Sri Lanka's most influential citizens. In a
bilateral conversation that is inevitably driven by the
nuts and bolts of policy, Sheppard's appearances brought
boost and dimension to our message. The U.S. is not just
a world power, Sheppard's music illustrated. It's also a
civilization. Clearly, the Department should be
sponsoring more -- not fewer -- programs like this.
LUNSTEAD

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Myanmar: UN Condemns Escalating Violence In Deadliest Day Of Protests So Far

In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar’s military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday together with the UN chief, strongly condemned the “escalating violence” and called for an immediate end to the use of force... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs


UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>