Ingolfsson-Stoupel Duo perform Benefit Concert

Internationally Acclaimed Ingolfsson-Stoupel Duo to Perform at Benefit “Concert for Cal” on March 11 in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia

Bala Cynwyd, February 16, 2014 – The Calliope Joy Foundation announced that the Ingolfsson-Stoupel Duo will perform on March 11 at 8 PM in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music for the benefit of the foundation. Curtis graduate Judith Ingolfsson , violinist, and pianist, Vladimir Stoupel will perform works by Prokofiev, Magnard and Ysaye.

The Calliope Joy Foundation was founded by Maria Kefalas and Patrick Carr, parents of Calliope Joy Carr (Cal), who was diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) in 2011. MLD is a disease in which the myelin sheath protecting nerves is impaired leading to paralysis, blindness and death. There is no cure. Recognizing that finding a cure for children with rare “orphan” diseases like MLD is a long-term prospect, Kefalas and Carr resolved to work in the short term to support children with neurological diseases and their families while also working to recruit young doctors to careers in neurological research on future cures.

Current Calliope Joy Foundation projects include raising $30,000 for a mural for Seashore House of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), raising funds for pediatric neurology fellowships, and providing small grants to families with children suffering from neurological disorders. The outpouring of community support for The Calliope Joy Foundation has been heartening. In 2014, young bakers 17 years old and younger will participate in the second Cal’s Cupcake Challenge, coming up in September 2014. Lots of cupcakes will be consumed for a good cause thanks to local supporters, business sponsors and cupcake gourmets. The event motto, “Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake,” is meant to bring a smile to those families who need to carry on in the often tragic circumstances they face dealing with neurologically impaired children.

The Ingolfsson-Stoupel Duo, comprised of two renowned virtuosi, Violinist Judith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel, was founded in 2006 after several highly successful recital performances in New York City, Germany, and Italy. The Duo’s joint appearances include the Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival, Festival Voix Etouffees in Paris, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and numerous other international venues. The pair serve as Artistic Directors of the festival “Aigues-Vives en Musiques” in Southern France. Judith Ingolfsson, is a professor at the State University of performing Arts in Stuttgart.

Tickets for “Concert for Cal” at $25 each are available through Ticket Philadelphia (ticketphiladelphia.org) or 215-893-1999. All proceeds benefit The Calliope Joy Foundation.