The homeless are celebrating the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in shelters with classical music from some of the top musicians in the country thanks to well-known Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, New York.
When she’s not touring the world, you can find Tompkins and fellow musicians playing at a soup kitchen near you.
“I bring top artists and the power of music in performances into New York City Homeless Shelters,” said Thompkins on a recent visit to Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), where she met with Director Jeanette Rowe, LAHSA Emergency Response Team.
“She ask if she could stop by and tour our homeless shelters and right before we did Tompkins played her violin,” said Rowe. “We were totally blown away. Her music is just beautiful and we’re discussing ways that she could bring her music and magic to Los Angeles. The homeless will love her in LA like they do in New York.”
Thompkins was only nine when she fell in love with music in public schools in South Carolina and never look back. She is one of New York’s most sought after violinists not just for performances in concert halls, but in homeless shelters where she felt her calling and most memorable times over the years.
Thompson founded Music Kitchen – Food for the Soul, a 501C nonprofit in 2005. “It is designed to bring top music artists and classical chamber music to homeless shelters in New York City,” she said. “We are entering the eighth year of the program, which has presented 66 concerts with more than 100 top artists in New York and have reached more than 10,000 homeless people.” (more)