Friday, June 1, 2012

Martin Berkofsky’s Inspirational Concert

Mary and I had the opportunity to attend an inspiring and powerful evening of music. American piano virtuoso Martin Berkofsky treated us to a beautiful concert he graciously offered in support of the Icelandic Cancer Society. He played several pieces by Franz Liszt in a setting where those of us lucky enough to be there sat in candlelit concentric circles around the piano and its master. Berkofsky is an old friend of Iceland. In addition to supporting cancer societies the world over, during his many visits to Iceland he advocated and supported efforts to build a national concert hall in Reykjavik which eventually became Harpa. During a brief encounter after the concert, Berkofsky displayed the sort of humility that is usually associated with great men. We were honored to meet him.