Violist Molly Carr (2007) and pianist Anna Petrova (2017) perform together as the Carr-Petrova Duo and are co-founders of Novel Voices, the newest branch of Project: Music Heals Us, a nonprofit founded by Ms. Carr in 2014 that presents free interactive classical performances, primarily to elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless populations. The Duo's Novel Voices project will use art to raise awareness about the lives and struggles of refugees across the globe. Next season they will join composer Fernando Arroyo Lascurain and film-maker Lea Hjort for performances in refugee camps and programs in America, Europe, and the Middle East. Besides offering the momentary peace and healing that music can provide, they plan to record life stories from members of their refugee audiences. These will form the basis of Lascurain’s new work, which the Carr-Petrova Duo will feature on its debut album, Novel Voices, and will premiere next fall in the project’s culminating “Refugee Awareness” concert at Carnegie Hall.
In August, the Duo traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, for its first program at Gribskov Asylum Centre for unaccompanied minors
In October, the Duo will present its project to the United Nations in New York honoring the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Future trips to Morocco, the Dheisheh and Shuafat Palestinian refugee camps, and Bulgaria are scheduled for early 2019