Ginger Hildebrand, guitar
Sue Richards, Celtic harp
Carolyn A. Surrick, viola da gamba
If you would like to support Trio Galilei's work with wounded warriors and their families, you can make a tax deductible donation to Chamber Music Annapolis, a 501(c)(3).
Chamber Music Annapolis
1730 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Trio Galilei started playing at Mologne House at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Silver Spring, in November of 2008 and they performed there every Friday that they were not out on tour. After six months of giving away Ensemble Galilei CDs at Mologne House, Carolyn decided that they needed to record the music that they were playing for the wounded warriors and their families. She called her friends in the industry and everyone agreed to donate their time—the recording engineer, to the studio, the mastering engineer, the photographer, the graphic artist, and the CD manufacturer.
That effort resulted in the creation of Above and Beyond, and since its release in 2009, four thousand CDs have been given away to wounded warriors, their families, and the medical practitioners at Walter Reed. When CDs are sold to the public, the money goes to manufacturing more CDs and then if there is money left over, the group donates it to The Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
This year, at the urging of their audience at Walter Reed, Trio Galilei recorded a new CD, titled Home. Again, all of the aspects of the recording were donated by members of the recording industry, including Bias Studios in Springfield VA, Oasis Disc Manufacturing, local designer Marilyn Drea and photographer Burgess Blevins.
The group was also honored this year when they received the William Donald Schaefer People Helping Award for their ongoing work at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. You can still find them, every Friday afternoon, from 11:30 to 1:00, playing music for wounded warriors and their families at the Warrior Café.
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