WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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On meeting her, one gains a sense of her modesty and refinement. And when she tucks a violin under her chin and picks up her bow, magic happens. Married to a distinguished academic-scientific administrator and with a daughter in high school, Levin pursues her career as a classical musician with energy and passion. When not performing, she must meet the challenges faced by all itinerant artists, including teaching and finding her next job. A lifetime in music Not so many years ago she realized something: that between a caring heart and a lifetime in music, there had to be a way to combine the two and in the bargain create something sub- stantial and important. That's when a hunch and a call to a friend led to an unexpected outcome – a chance to perform her beloved classical repertoire in what now numbers hundreds of engagements in the most im - probable of places – homeless shelters. "I'd have to say that when I go with my friends Rebecca (Strauss – a violist) and Julia (McKenzie – like Levin, a violinist – the three filling the ranks of the string trio that has become Shelter Music Boston) and play for someone who has never listened to a note of classical music, and they say their life has been changed, I just feel inexpressibly grate- ful. In shelters, just as in living rooms and concert halls, I sense a common bond form- ing around the passion, the creativity, and deeply sincere character of the music." If this tale sounds familiar, it is no accident. Earlier this year, award-winning reporter Sasha Pfeiffer of NPR's All Things Considered produced a feature story on Shelter Music. Were you among the millions in the audience across the US and around the world who heard the story, you might have found it a compelling one, for Pfeiffer, just as I would later do myself, went to homeless shelters for her report. What I found confirmed Levin's original impulse in forming what is now a nonprofit organization. It is not so hard to understand why. Isadora Duncan, great soul and mother of modern dance, once said that all move- good works "a musical interlude" 144 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 Julie Levin P E T E R G O L D E N 142-147_WWMb14_good works_music_v2_WellesleyWeston Magzine 4/25/14 10:57 AM Page 144

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